Three illegal immigrants believed to be MS13 gang members are being charged with the shooting death of a 17-year old who was on his way to school in Loudoun County, Virginia last week.
According to the Washington Post, authorities have released few details about the shooting, that took the life of Danny Centeno Miranda, a student at Park View High School. Centeno Miranda, who had reportedly left El Salvador in 2013 to escape the violence there to live with relatives in Sterling, Virginia, was shot twice in the back Friday morning while walking to a school bus stop.
Danny later died of the injuries at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
The three male suspects, who are illegal immigrants, were arrested Saturday in connection with the shooting.
The Post reports that a 17-year-old, whose name was not released due to his age, is believed to have fired the shots that killed Centeno-Miranda. The other two, Henry Dominguez Vasquez, age 20, and Juan Aguirre Zelaya, age 18, were charged as accessories to the shooting and for possessing a firearm while illegally in the U.S.
“This was not a random incident,” The Post quoted Sheriff Mike Chapman. “The suspects and the victim were known to each other.”
Sheriff Chapman noted that officials are looking into the possibility that the shooting was gang-related.
“We’re looking into that there may be some gang affiliation, however we don’t know what the reason was just yet for the incident taking place,” Chapman said.
Centeno-Mirand was on his way to Park View High, which was placed on a lock-down following the shooting Friday morning. The school’s head of security, Suzanne Devlin, told The Post that there are students with gang affiliations at the school.
“I don’t think that there’s any question that school likely has gang activity,” Devlin said. “What I’ve been told by kids themselves is ‘We understand the ramifications of assuming our gang-hood in the schools.’ So they do what they can to leave it at the door.”
The three suspects were arraigned Tuesday and remain in custody, according the Washington Times.