Five military-aged teens in Virginia were indicted in connection to the summer “lynching” of a 24-year-old man.
The Prince WIlliam County grand jury handed down indictments for 18-year-old Terrence Tyrese Martin, 18-year-old Ebelin Jojana Lopez, 19-year-old Seni Jimenez Blanco and two 17-year-olds, who have not been publicly identified despite being tried as adults.
The group have been indicted on a slew of charges, including lynching, which is defined as ”any act of violence by a group of people that results in someone’s death,” and carried the same penalty weight as second-degree murder. In addition to these group charges, one of the juveniles carries a murder charge.
The victim -24-year-old Reynaldo Eliazar Araujo- was killed during a home invasion committed by the group, who riddled his door and body with bullets. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Fox News, police believe the killings are just another example of how gruesome young gang-bangers will go in order to establish “street cred.”
“What we do know is these younger generations are trying to make a name for themselves, so some of the crimes they are committing are very gruesome, are very violent just so they can build their own reputation because that is what gangs are about – building a reputation of being the baddest gang in the area,” said Jay Lanham, executive director of the Northern Virginia regional gang task force. “They have no problem committing the crimes they’re committing and the violence that goes along with it and that’s scary. That should be scary for anyone.”
Exact court dates for the offenders have yet to be established.
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