He’s a “good kid” who “played soccer” and “dreamed of attending college.” Who calls their nephew who belongs to the world’s most violent gang, and just confessed to the murder of an innocent teen for hanging out with “black kids,” a “good kid?” That’s how Nahun Cruz, the uncle of a 17-year-old MS-13 gang member described his nephew after he was arraigned in court for the shooting death of a classmate while he was riding his bicycle just outside of his home.
Will the mainstream media pick up this story? Will they talk about how racism played the part in the death of an innocent teen at the hands of a violent MS-13 gang member?
Newsday reports – Melquisedic Antonio Sanchez-Hernandez, 17, of Bellport, pleaded not guilty in First District Court in Central Islip to a second-degree murder charge in the death of Emilio Sanchez-Maldonado, 17. The victim’s father, who attended the arraignment, found his son’s body in the early hours of July 3 outside their Hampton Avenue home.
Sanchez-Hernandez, who was arrested Monday, told Suffolk homicide detectives in a “full video confession” that he killed Sanchez-Maldonado because the teenager “started hanging out with a group of black guys, black kids, who [Sanchez-Hernandez] didn’t like,” said Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Kearon.
According to the felony complaint, Sanchez-Hernandez, a native of El Salvador, told police: “I shot him and dumped the shell casings in the water by Shirley.”
The defendant and victim both attended Bellport High School. Sanchez-Hernandez was known to law enforcement as a member of MS-13, while Sanchez-Maldonado, also a native of El Salvador, was an innocent victim, authorities said.
“At the time of his death, the victim was trying to do the right thing,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini after the arraignment. “He was attempting to live a law-abiding life, and the defendant killed him as a result of folks he was hanging out with and his desire to live a law-abiding life.”
Sanchez-Maldonado was shot on July 2 sometime between 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. as he left his backyard on a bicycle after being lured outside by Sanchez-Hernandez through social media, prosecutors said.
He was shot five times — three shots causing fatal injuries to the head, stomach, and chest, prosecutors said. He was also shot in the ear and finger.
After the arraignment, Sanchez-Maldonado’s uncle, Nahun Cruz, described his nephew as a good kid who loved playing soccer and dreamed of attending college — likely impossible in El Salvador, the uncle noted.
Remember when President Trump called MS-13 gang members “animals,” and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her friends in the media blasted him for using over-the-top language when referring to these nice boys from the violent international El Salvadoran gang?
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