Authorities in Maryland say five suspected members of the MS-13 street gang were arrested on suspicion of brutally stabbing a 16-year-old boy a total of about 100 times before lighting his body on fire. His mutilated remains were found on March 9 alongside a road in Stafford, Virginia.
According to Fox News, investigators circulated an image of a tattoo the young victim had on his left arm, leading them to identify him as Jacson Pineda-Chicas earlier this week. He was further described as a high school student and suspected member of the same gang.
Though his body was found in Virginia, police believe he was killed about an hour’s drive away from that location at a home in Landover Hills, Maryland, belonging to 29-year-old Jose Ordonez-Zometa — a suspected leader of the MS-13 in Virginia.
Four other suspects reportedly brought the victim with them to a meeting at the location on March 8.
As of the latest reports available, investigators were still attempting to determine a motive.
One witness reportedly told police that she overheard the suspects accusing the victim of being a snitch. When they threatened to kill his family, he allegedly told them to kill him.