President Trump was recently criticized for calling MS-13 gang members “animals” during a roundtable on immigration at the White House. He has been proven right with all of the reports on the violent gang members who kill for initiation (see details below) into the gang. One recent case is getting attention because of the nickname of the gang member…”ANIMAL”


An MS-13 member who goes by the gang name “Animal” received a 40-year prison sentence this week for a conspiracy that included the murder of a 15-year-old boy, the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts said Tuesday.

The nickname, which the prosecutors highlighted in the headline of a press release, is particularly telling, coming just a week after President Trump called members of the violent, immigrant-fueled MS-13 gang “animals.”

WT reports:

Joel Martinez, 23, admitted he murdered the 15-year-old as part of his initiation as a “homeboy” in Mara Salvatrucha, the gang’s full name.

“I stabbed the culero three times,” Mr. Martinez said, according to prosecutors. “He stared at me and he asked me if I was going to, if I was going to stab him. I told him, ‘Yes, the Mara rules you.’”

Culero is a derogatory MS-13 members use for a rival gang. Killing a rival gang member was a requirement for achieving full status in MS-13 in Massachusetts, the FBI says.


The Miami Herald reports:

Joel “Animal” Martinez, 23, gleefully described the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old rival gang member in Chelsea, Massachusetts, just across the river from Boston, according to audio and video from federal authorities.

The member of international crime gang MS-13 didn’t know he was talking to a cooperating witness when he detailed Irvin Javier de Paz Castro’s final moments on a street in September 2015. “I stabbed the a**h*** three times, and it was a beautiful thing! Just beautiful,” Martinez said, an FBI transcript shows.

Martinez told the witness, identified in court documents as CW-1, that the victim asked Martinez if he was going to kill him, to which Martinez responded “f*****g yes,” documents show. He then details how de Paz Castro tried to flee after Martinez stabbed him, running a “short distance” before falling. Martinez caught up to him and “finished him off,” court documents said.

He later spoke of the scream de Paz Castro let out after the slashing, a sound Martinez said he could still hear in his head.

“Hey, man, and you are always going to hear that scream,” CW-1 said.

Martinez wasn’t yet a full member of MS-13 when he killed the teen, federal authorities said. He was “jumped in” — a ceremony in which gang members beat the new member while a leader counts slowly to 13 — after the slaying, authorities said.

That same month, another member, Carlos “Chuchito” Melara lured a 15-year-old boy to a Boston beach, where gang members awaiting his arrival stabbed him to death, authorities said. The death earned Melara a promotion to “homeboy.”


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