Satanic sacrifice motive for gang murder

Two known MS-13 gang members formerly of El Salvador Miguel Alvarez-Flores left and Diego Hernandez Rivera appear in court Thursday

Two men believed to be Salvadoran MS-13 gang members appeared in court Thursday after they were accused of killing a female victim in a satanic ritual in Houston, according to media reports.

It's not clear what led investigators to the kidnapped teen, the station reports.

Police are trying to identify a young woman allegedly murdered by MS-13 gang members who killed her as part of a satanic ritual. She was then held for around 14 days at a different location. The MS-13 first reached into the U.S.in the 1980s and has become a notorious global street gang.

According to court documents, the victim told prosecutors she ran away from school on February 2, and was held at an apartment on Glenmont Street for four days before she was given to another MS-13 gang member who was staying at an apartment on Gessner Road, where she was held for 14 days, where she was drugged and raped repeatedly, until she was able to escape.

Police found the woman's body shot once in the head and once in the chest. The teen says she, too, was being held against her will.

The kidnapping victim told investigators that Genesis spoke out against a shrine dedicated to the gang members' satanic beliefs, which offended Alvarez-Flores. He returned from statue and told the entire group that the beast did not want a material offering.

The next day, Genesis was gone. Court documents chronicled what they believe are Genesis's final terrifying moments. "They're vicious and we're not going to talk much about that investigation because it's extremely sensitive and we're dealing with some pretty hardcore gangbangers", Houston Police Department Chief Art Avecedo said.

Houston Police are asking for help identifying the deceased girl known as "Genesis".

Alvarez-Flores and Rivera - who are in the country illegally, according to KHOU - were arrested during a SWAT raid Monday. He said Alvarez-Flores approached him and told him "Prepare yourself". The 15-year-old girl's body was found February 16 with gunshots to the face and chest.

The two suspects are being held at the Harris County jail on $150,000 bond.

However, Emily Detoto, attorney for Hernandez-Rivera, said Alvarez-Flores' confession was likely not obtained in accordance with the constitution.

One of them was deported to El Salvador back in 2010 and sneaked back into the United States by July 14, 2014, when he allegedly murdered Jose Lainez-Murcia, with whom he had worked at a landscaping company in Kings Park. Police say the woman is Hispanic, around 15 to 25 years old, stands around 5 feet tall and weights 108 pounds.

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