Two men who claimed to be members of the MS-13 gang were charged with first-degree murder in Washington on Friday, Oct. 18.
The suspects, 28-year-old Rudy Osvaldo Garcia-Hernandez and 20-year-old Carlos Orlando Iraheta-Vega, allegedly killed and dismembered 16-year-old Juan Carlos Con Guzman, The Seattle Times reported.
Guzman’s body was recovered from a local river on Sept. 10.
He was a student at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, a city near Seattle.
Both suspects are being held in King County Jail on a $3 million bond.
Detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office said that Garcia-Hernandez and Iraheta-Vega both claimed to be members of the MS-13 gang.
According to the investigation, Guzman was lured out by the suspects to fight and settle a dispute. Iraheta-Vega said Garcia-Hernandez hacked Guzman’s neck with a machete after a fistfight. They also later admitted to beating the victim with a baseball bat.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Guzman died from both blunt-force injuries to the head and cutting injuries to the neck.
The authorities recovered a machete with help from Iraheta-Vega, who said Garcia-Hernandez buried it after washing the blade. The detectives found a machete that appeared to be stained with blood in Iraheta-Vega’s room.
A woman named Juan Con—who claims to be Guzman’s mother—launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Guzman’s funeral.
Con said Guzman left home at 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 10 without notice. His family didn’t notice he had left until saw the door was open the next morning. Con then went to the police department and filed a missing report.
Guzman’s body was identified by Con on Sept. 12.
“My son was a very loved young man by his family, his school peers, and every one that knew him. He was a great son, a great friend to others and was on the right pathway to graduate from High School. I would really appreciate your support in this difficult time!” Con said.
This incident highlighted the long-standing dispute between ICE and King County over the controversial sanctuary policy in King County which keeps local law enforcement departments from cooperating with ICE in deporting illegal immigrants with a criminal record.
According to KCPQ-TV, four people were arrested for killing 18-year-old Josue Flores in Bellevue back in April. One of the suspects, Carlos Daniel Carillo-Lopez, was arrested three weeks before the murder for a different crime.
ICE filed a civil detainer to hold Carillo-Lopez and deport him. However, he was released without notifying ICE.