|This photo from the Los Angeles Times and the Hispanic Journal was published in a Save Marinwood 2013 in story about crime and the Grand Jury Report on Gangs in Marin.|
Critics called me racist and issued me death threats which I reported to the police. I published the photo because the heavily tattooed person looked like some of the surfers I had seen in Southern California. I specifically wanted to avoid the discussion of race because it is irrelevant to the article. Later, I learned that the tattoo signifies the Mexican cartel gang MS-13. Today we learn that the violent gang death in Novato has an MS13 gang connection. For the record, I am pro immigration and support better immigration laws. It is racist to link ethnicity to criminal behavior.
The list of suspects continues to get longer in the gang-related slaying of a Novato High School student last spring.
The sheriff’s department disclosed Monday that an alleged gang leader, Edenilson Misael Alfaro, was arrested in Maryland in connection with the Novato homicide case.
Marin investigators developed information that Alfaro was in Montgomery County, Maryland, and asked local authorities to look for him.
Alfaro, 22, is the seventh suspect to be implicated in the homicide. An eighth suspect was also arrested but the prosecution determined there was insufficient evidence to try him in the attack.
Alfaro is a leading “shotcaller” for the MS-13 gang, said sheriff’s Lt. Jamie Scardina. The Latin American gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is on the U.S. Treasury list of significant “transnational criminal organizations” for its activities in murder, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, kidnapping and other major crimes.
Investigators suspect Alfaro was one of the men who directly participated in the fatal attack. Alfaro was injured with a cut to the hand during the slaying, Scardina said.
Scardina, citing the ongoing investigation, declined to release details on how Alfaro was identified as a suspect. Alfaro was living in San Mateo at the time of the attack but also has lived in Los Angeles, New York and Maryland, Scardina said.
The affidavit for Alfaro’s arrest warrant is under seal. The Marin County District Attorney’s Office is still preparing the criminal complaint against Alfaro, said prosecutor Geoff Iida.
The attack occurred May 25 near the open space area at the end of Fairway Drive in Novato. Edwin Ramirez Guerra, 17, was struck several times in the head and on his body with a machete, and had several fingers severed, the prosecution alleges. He died at the scene. See the full story HERE