Gun violence is not the M.O. of the brutal Central American gang MS-13. Firearms are a bit too professional and clean for these folks. They prefer medieval methods such as machetes to put in their work. In one recent tragic case, a phone cord was the preferred weapon.
Kayla Hamilton was a 20-year-old lady from Maryland with autism. She was strangled by a 17-year-old MS-13 member using the aforementioned phone cord. The El Salvadoran gangster was in the country illegally and had escaped from an insecure holding facility.
The alleged murderer had tattoos clearly identifying his gang affiliation, which would have disqualified him from entering the country. El Salvadoran authorities could have also confirmed his identity via a routine phone call, as he was arrested in 2020 for being an MS-13 member in that country.
The girl’s mother Tammy Nobles is suing both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over the death of her daughter.
The suit alleges that the perpetrator should have been easily identified by his tattoos and deported by the DHS. Additionally, the suit cites the HHS’s failure to place the boy in a secure facility while verifying he had a sponsor or relative in the country. This is a requirement for entry to the United States.
Nobody is safe with open borders.
Mom, whose daughter was killed by an MS-13 member, sues the Biden administration for $100 million.https://t.co/NvpD1yvm4u
— Americat 🇺🇸 (@catmurphy209) January 23, 2024
Nobles’ attorney Brian Claypool said in a NewsNation interview: “The federal government has blood on its hands. They owed us a duty to protect Kayla and others in this country, and we’re going to bring change through this lawsuit.”
The suit comes a day after Nobles testified before the House Homeland Security Committee about the operational negligence of DHS.
“For me, this is not a political issue, this is a safety issue for everyone living in the United States,” she told the committee.
While the exact motive for the killing is not immediately clear, MS-13 is infamous for extreme brutality. Any perceived slight to the gang from outsiders is met with deadly consequences. There are even accounts of satanic influence on the gang’s activities.
MS-13 is somewhat unique among organized gangs in that it accepts females as full members. Admission to the gang comes only after murdering a member of a rival gang, and then enduring a violent beating from multiple MS-13 members. Females can accept the “jump-in” —or they can opt for an alternative initiation that involves inappropriate acts from multiple male members.
MS-13 originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s and was formed by El Salvadoran immigrants. The name is short for “Mara Salvatruca”, which likely refers to Salvadoran peasants trained to become guerrilla fighters. The “13” likely is a reference to the 13th letter of the alphabet “M”, which in turn indicates loyalty to the “Mexican Mafia” prison gang, a sort of umbrella organization uniting Hispanic gangs.