Five alleged members of a North Shore MS-13 gang repeatedly stabbed a 17-year-old in a Lynn playground this summer because they thought he was ratting them out, the US Attorney's office said in announcing their indictments for murder.
Two other alleged members of the MS-13 Sykos Locos Salvatrucha "clique" - one a minor whose name was not released because of his age - were also also arrested, but not charged with the murder.
According to the US Attorney's office, Herson Rivas was murdered in late July, his body left in a wooded area of the Henry Avenue Playground in Lynn. A bystander discovered his body on Aug. 2.
Indicted for RICO violations and Rivas's murder were Erick "Mayimbu" Lopez Flores, 29, of Lynn, Henri "Perverso" Salvador Gutierrez, 19, of Somerville, Eliseo "Peligroso" Vaquerano Canas, 19, of Chelsea, Jonathan "Desalmado" Tercero Yanes, 21, of East Boston and Marlos "Silencio" Reyes, 22, of Chelsea. According to the US Attorney's office:
It is alleged that Lopez, Salvador, Vaquerano, Tercero, and Reyes murdered the victim with premeditated malice, and with extreme atrocity and cruelty. The evidence includes a recording of Salvador allegedly describing the murder in graphic detail, including how he, Vaquerano, Tercero, and Yanes stabbed the victim numerous times while Lopez assisted. The recording also described Duggins as being a leader of the clique. The victim was allegedly targeted because the gang believed the victim had been cooperating with law enforcement.
Also indicted for RICO violations, but not the murder: Djavier "Haze" Duggins, 29, of Lynn. The teen was charged separately.
The five charged with murder face up to life in prison.
In addition to federal investigators, State Police, Lynn Police and the Essex County District Attorney's office participated in the investigation.