(CNSNews.com) –– Edwin Gonzalez, a Salvadoran national and gang member of MS-13, was found guilty of racketeering and the murder of two teenagers in East Boston, homicides committed with other MS-13 members, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.
In the ongoing trial in Boston, Gonzalez was one of 16 people found accountable for murder; 15 of convicted criminals were living in the United States illegally, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As reported, on June 20, 22-year-old Edwin Gonzalez was found “guilty of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO or racketeering conspiracy.”
In addition, the jury also “found that Gonzalez’s racketeering activity on behalf of MS-13 included his participation in the Sept. 7, 2015, murder of a 15-year-old in East Boston and the Jan. 10, 2016, murder of a 16-year old in East Boston. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for Sept. 26, 2018.”
Gonzalez’s conviction was the 49th conviction in the case.
MS-13 reportedly has been very active in Massachusetts. As the U.S. Attorney’s Office states, MS-13 has been involved in “a variety of racketeering acts and crimes of violence, including six different murders committed by members of MS-13 in Massachusetts between October 2014 and January 2016.”
MS-13 has cliques operating in East Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Somerville, and in other parts of Massachusetts. Gonzalez was a member of the Molinos Locs Salvatrucha.
The press release detailed both of the violent murders, stating:
“On Sept. 7, 2015, Gonzalez and three other MS-13 members lured a 15-year-old boy through social media to Constitution Beach in East Boston. Convinced that the victim was a gang rival, Gonzalez and others targeted him by pretending to be a girl on Facebook and lured the victim to the beach for a date. When the victim arrived at Constitution Beach, Gonzalez and three other MS-13 members took turns stabbing the victim repeatedly, killing him and leaving him dead on a public beach.
“The victim had approximately 33 sharp force injuries and multiple blunt force injuries. The other three MS-13 members who committed this murder with Gonzalez – Carlos Melara, a/k/a “Chuchito,” a/k/a “Criminal;” Henry Parada Martinez, a/k/a “Street Danger;” and Rene Mejia Flores a/k/a “Gasper,” – have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing….
“On Jan.10, 2016, Gonzalez and three other MS-13 members lured a 16-year-old boy through social media to Falcon Street in East Boston. Again, convinced that the victim was a gang rival, Gonzalez and others targeted him by pretending to be a girl on Facebook. Gonzalez then went to pick up the victim, pretending to be a relative of the girl that the victim was supposed to meet for a date. When Gonzalez arrived with the victim in East Boston, the MS-13 members attacked the victim.
“Three of the MS-13 members, including Gonzalez, were armed with large knives and stabbed the victim repeatedly, while the fourth MS-13 member fired multiple gunshots into the victim. Gonzalez and the other MS-13 members then ran away, leaving the teenager dead on a public street. The victim had approximately 48 sharp force injuries, multiple gunshot wounds, and multiple blunt force injuries. The other three MS-13 members who committed this murder with Gonzalez – Edwin Diaz, a/k/a “Demente;” Jairo Perez, a/k/a “Seco;” and Rigoberto Mejia, a/k/a “Ninja” – have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.”