|Jacson Pineda Chicas [NBC4]|
The following is from a report on NBC4:
Pineda Chicas’ body was found in a wooded area in Fredericksburg, Va., by a passing sheriff’s deputy last weekend. He had been stabbed 100 times and his body had been set on fire.
Police believe he was murdered at a house on Varnum Street in Prince George’s County, Md., after he showed up for a gang meeting.
According to police, the five suspects who have been arrested and charged with Pineda Chicas’ murder are part of an MS-13 “clique” that operates in Fairfax County.
The suspects, identified by Prince George’s County police, are: Jose Ordonez-Zometa, age 29; Jose Hernandez-Garcia, 25; Jonathan Castillo-Rivera, 20; Kevin Rodriguez-Flores, 18; and Christian Martinez-Ramirez, 16.
One suspect is in jail in Prince George’s County. The other four are in Virginia awaiting extradition to Maryland.
Pineda Chicas’ mother, who was not identified to protect her safety, told News4 that her son was forced to join the gang in El Salvador and that’s why their family fled the country. But he was forced back into it when he fell into the clutches of neighborhood boys.
|From the left: Jose Hernandez-Garcia, Christian Martinez-Ramirez, Jose Ordonez- Zometa, Kevin Rodriquez- Flores, Jonathan Castillo- Rivera. [NBC4]|
He suspected he was about to be murdered, his mother said. “He had to take knives to defend himself, and screwdrivers. He had razors and he told me, ‘Mom, I’m going to defend myself with them, but it’s not going to be enough.”
In a March 14 email to Falls Church High School parents, Principal Ben Nowak wrote: “Jacson was an engaging young man, well-liked by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by the Jaguar school community.”
“I have been in contact with Jacson’s family to offer them our condolences and support,” Nowak wrote. “They have allowed me to share the news of his death with you so that you may be prepared to support your child. We will take every step we can to be responsive to the needs of our students and their families. Our counselors along with an FCPS crisis team are available to meet with any students or staff who need support in processing this news.”
Update, 3/18/19: Nowak advised the community March 17 that one of the students arrested for the murder of Jacson Pineda was also a student at Falls Church High School. [That would be Christian Martinez-Ramirez.]
“Current reports from law enforcement indicate that though these boys attended the same school, the nexus of violence was not within FCHS,” Nowak states. “We are closely monitoring this situation with the support and assistance of law enforcement and the FCPS Office of Safety and Security as we recognize that safety in the school is closely tied to safety in the community.”
Nowak reassures the school community that “the entire staff at FCHS remains committed to providing a caring, inclusive, and safe learning environment that meets the needs of all of our students. This unfortunate and tragic incident in no way reflects day to day life at our school. We are now and will remain a community of hard-working, talented, caring students and teachers and supportive families who work together to create the best opportunities for our children to help them reach their full potential.”
Update, 3/19/19: A March 19 report in the Washington Post says Jose Ordonez-Zometa, the leader of the gang, lived in the Landover, Md., home where Chicas was taken.
During a meeting of the gang, Ordonez-Zometa questioned Chicas’ loyalty and ordered the other gang members to stab him, clean up the crime scene, and dispose of the body.
According to the article Otdonez-Zometa is a citizen of the El Salvador who illegally re-entered the United States after being deported in October 2017.
During Ordonez-Zometa’s bail review hearing, the Washington Post reports, “his public defender argued for him to be released on a $25,000 bond, saying he was the father of two children, including a 4-month-old girl.”
“Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney Sherrie Waldrup requested that Ordonez-Zometa remain held without bond,” the article states, “citing the ‘egregious’ and ‘gruesome’ allegations against him.”