Fox News reports that a teenage member of the MS-13 street gang member recently confessed to murdering a 15-year-old girl who was believed to have murdered her boyfriend. Venus Romero Iraheta, 17, stabbed the 15-year-old killer of her boyfriend more than a dozen times, according to her confession in the video.
Iraheta, who was 17 in January 2017 during the time of the murder, pleaded guilty on Monday in a Virginia courtroom to first-degree murder, abduction, and criminal street gang participation.
In the confession video, she explained exactly what happened.
"I grabbed her by the throat and couldn't help but hit her," she explained, before going into further detail.
"You're going to remember me until the day we see each other in hell," she said to the 15-year-old, before killing her. "Don't forget my name. Someday we are going to see each other again."
When asked by authorities, she claims that she killed the girl "with a knife."
Fox News reports that 15-year-old Reyes Rivas was a student at Watkins Mill High School. One January night she was taken from her Maryland home and transported to Lake Accotink Park in Fairfax County, where several MS-13 Gang members were waiting for her.
This is when Iraheta, surrounded by fellow gang members, asked Rivas if she had anything to do with the murder of her boyfriend.
"I'm not going to forgive you," remarked Iraheta," I told you not to mess with Christian. I told you to stay away from him or you would see what would happen. You don't play with me."
Iraheta then began beating 15-year-old Rivas until the other gang members pulled her away.
Rivas was then forced to walk through snow without her shoes until she was stopped so that Iraheta could slice off a piece of her hand. Then she was taken to a wooded area where she was repeatedly stabbed in the stomach, neck, and chest.
According to authorities, as Reyes Rivas lay dying, two others joined in the stabbing. After she died, her body was placed in a shallow puddle and covered with railroad ties.
President Trump has promised to crack down on illegal immigration and violent crime, and one of his top priorities has been combatting the brutal MS-13 street gang. The Department of Justice recently designated MS-13 as a "priority," thereby allowing prosecutors to pursue any legal avenue to target the gang.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has remarked "[w]ith more than 40,000 members worldwide, including 10,000 in the United States, MS-13 threatens the lives and well-being of each and every family everywhere they infest."
President Trump has often targeted the gang in his speeches, especially in a 2017 speech in Long Island, an area hardest hit by the gang, according to Fox News.
The new "priority" designated unveiled by the Trump administration last year will permit local police departments to tap into federal money to help with gang investigations. Federal funding will include wiretaps, interpreters, and overtime pay.
MS-13 was started by Central American immigrants, primarily from El Salvador, in Los Angeles during the 1980s. After the gang was founded it then expanded to include Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans, and other Central and South Americans.
Fox reports that MS-13 members are being recruited from middle schools and high schools, particularly in immigrant communities, who are said to risk violent retribution if they leave. Authorities estimate that the group has tens of thousands of members throughout the United States, especially in the western and northeastern regions.
Trump's Department of Homeland Security has arrested several thousand gang members since January 2017.
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