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The closeness to South America has brought numerous criminal gang members to the US over the years. The most notorious of them which has emerged as a top threat to American security is the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.
According to law enforcement agencies in Houston, they have the biggest number of identified MS-13 members in the state of Texas, followed by Dallas.
And since this weekend, another gruesome murder can be attributed to this gang of thugs. Police confirm that the charred and scattered human flesh and bone which were found in the woods in Huntsville are the of a 16-year-old teen from Spring, named Noe Anael Espinal, who allegedly was stabbed to death and then set on fire by MS-13 gang members.
The gang, which hails from El Salvador and is famous for its brutal murders and usage of machetes is connected to an ever larger string of homicides in the Houston region.
At least six MS-13 member had been arrested in connection to the homicide which happened in January 2017, before police was even able to identify the remains of the victim. Whilst the six men await their murder trials in Walker County, police are still at a loss trying to find a motive for Espinal's murder.
The investigation started when in September of 2016 police received a report that two people had found the skeletal remains of a burnt body along a power line easement. With the assistance of Houston police, the Texas Rangers and FBI, the perpetrators could be found.
Huntsville Police Chief Mr Kevin Lunsford said: "It is only because of the close cooperation between our agency, the Texas Rangers, the FBI and HPD that we have made the progress we've made in this investigation in such a short amount of time."