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MS-13 Gangster “Silencio” Earns High Marks For Gang-Name Mystique, Low Marks For Getting Away With Murder

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We’re not going to venture to guess what an alleged MS-13 gang member has to do to earn the name “Silencio,” but we’ll give credit where credit is due: it’s a badass friggin’ gang name.

Unfortunately for “Silencio,” a.k.a. Carlos Ortega, 22, his badass gang name probably isn’t going to get him off the hook for the federal murder charges he’ll soon face for the 2010 murder of David Sandler, and the attempted murder of another man in Brentwood that same day.

Additionally, the United States Attorney’s Office says “Silencio” also was involved in the murder of another man, Mario Alberto Canton Quijada, on March 17, 2010 (spoiler alert: he admitted to hacking him up with a machete).

According to an 11-page federal complaint, provided to the Voice by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “Silencio” and other MS-13 gangsters, including Jimmy Sosa, who has the less-impressive gang name of “Junior,” agreed to “put in work” for the gang on February 17, 2010, by murdering a member of a rival gang.

The gangsters cruised around Brentwood in a Ford Explorer that night looking for rival gangsters to kill, which is when they found Sandler — who they believed to be a member of the Latin Kings, a rival street gang — at a deli near Timberline Drive and Second Avenue.

According to the complaint, the MS-13 members also knew that Sandler
sold weed, so they devised a plan to arrange a drug deal and then kill
him when he showed up with the marijuana.

Sosa approached Sandler and asked if he could buy some weed. The two men
exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet later to make the deal.

Shortly after, Sandler told the gangsters that he had the weed, and they
could meet him back at the deli to pick it up. “Silencio” and Sosa told
him they’d rather meet somewhere more isolated, but Sandler insisted
they meet at the deli.

When the gangsters showed up, Sandler was there with another man, whose
identity is known by the feds, but is referred to only as “John Doe” in
the complaint. “Silencio,” who previously had agreed to kill Sandler, approached the
two men with Sosa. When Sosa handed Sandler the money, “Silencio”
started shooting, hitting Sandler in the head and hand. “John Doe” also
suffered gunshot wounds, but survived.

Sosa and another alleged MS-13 gangster were arrested shortly after the shooting. “Silencio” got away.

The complaint also alleges that “Silencio” was involved in the murder of
Quijada, an MS-13 member who refused to carry out the murder of a rival
gangster.

According to the complaint, on March 16, 2010, Quijada was given a final
chance by MS-13 leadership to kill the rival gang member. He refused,
which, it turns out, is a mistake in the world of violent street gangs.

MS-13 leadership held a meeting that night to determine how they should
deal with Quijada’s refusal to follow orders. Their conclusion: he
obviously had to die.

Early the next morning, a group of MS-13 gangsters — including our boy
“Silencio” — lured Quijada to a beach in Far Rockaway, where one of the
gangsters attempted to shoot him in the head. However, the gun jammed,
so “Silencio” hacked him up with a machete and then took turns
stabbing him with the other gangsters.

One of the blows from the machete, the complaint notes, “penetrated deep
into Quijada’s skull, through his eye-socket, which resulted in the
machete becoming lodged in the skull.”

Yesterday, members of a federal task force located “Silencio” and took
him into custody. Following his arrest, “Silencio” admitted to being
associated with MS-13 and to murdering Sandler and Quijada.

“Silencio,” who is an illegal immigrant originally from El Salvador, is expected to be arraigned in federal court later today.

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