MS-13 Decapitates Man, Stabs Him 100 Times, Rips Heart Out

Kristopher Drake
November 25, 2017

The group lured an as-yet unidentified male victim into a local Wheaton park, stabbed him over 100 times, decapitated him, and removed his heart from his body.

Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a statement saying "Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, a citizen and national of El Salvador, is illegally in the U.S. and now in immigration proceedings".

A police report states how the victim was found buried in a First United Methodist Church sweatshirt with a rosary, and his "heart had been excised from his chest and thrown into the grave" the Washington Post reported.

The informant told police that Lopez-Abrego helped dig the grave, waited for the victim's arrival, and was the first to stab the victim "when he thrust a 15-inch knife through the victim's chest".

The victim is yet to be identified but was described as a 5ft 2in Hispanic man.


Detectives say the case is gang-related, carried out by members of MS-13, including Lopez-Abrego. Police say he was apprehended in North Carolina on November 11 and extradited back to Maryland to appear before a judge in Rockville for a bond hearing. He was also discovered with a missing tooth, which officials said may suggest he was either speaking or smiling at the time of his death. He has a bond review Wednesday at the Rockville District Court.

The investigation began in early September, when detectives spoke to an informant who said he knew of an MS-13 murder that occurred in the spring of this year in the park. He had short, dark brown hair.

The victim was found wearing a gray sweatshirt with the words "First United Methodist Church Laurel" written on the left chest of the shirt with a gray hooded long-sleeve shirt underneath with black sweat trousers and blue athletic shorts underneath the number "19" printed on the left side.

"These same gang members are taking advantage of immigrant communities in which they live-committing acts of horrendous violence against its residents, attracting violence from rival gangs, extorting small businesses, peddling street level narcotics, and coopting the youth and recruiting them into this gang", he said.

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