Two Silver Spring Residents Charged with Suspected MS-13 Killing Near Annapolis

Woman’s body was found in grave at a youth camp last month


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Via Anne Arundel County police

A man and woman from Silver Spring were among five people arrested and charged with a June murder near Annapolis described as an MS-13-related killing, according to news reports Tuesday.

Darvin E. Guerra-Zacarias, 25, of the 12100 block of Veirs Mill Road, and Brenda Y. Argueta, 18, of the 8200 block of New Hampshire Avenue, were arrested Sept. 30. They are charged in connection to the death of Jenni B. Rivera Lopez, a 21-year-old Annapolis woman whose body was found buried in Crownsville Sept. 20, according to court records.

Rivera Lopez was driven to a remote spot on the grounds of a youth camp, beaten to death and buried, The Capital Gazette reported. Police said there were signs of significant trauma on her body.

Her body was discovered after an unnamed source gave police information about her death, according to the Capital.

Last week, Anne Arundel County police announced that three bodies had been found recently in the county and individuals had been arrested, according to CBS. Police did not reveal information about the other two bodies found.

Police identified the deaths as gang-related killings, but did not specify what gang was involved. The Capital reported that people familiar with the investigation identified the gang as MS-13, a Salvadoran gang with a presence in Maryland.

Guerra-Zacarias and Argueta are being held without bail, according to court records. Both face charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.

Argueta allegedly began contacting Rivera Lopez in the days before the killing and convinced her to go out with her and other suspects on June 24, the Capital reported from charging documents. Guerra-Zacarias, Argueta and others then drove Rivera Lopez to Crownsville.

Anne Arundel County police told Bethesda Beat that further information about the suspects or photographs of them could not be released because investigators felt it would be harmful to an ongoing investigation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued detainers for the two Silver Spring residents, as well as the three other people charged: Francisco Ramirez-Pena, Ronald Adonay Mendez-Sosa and Ervin N. Arrue Figuero, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The announcement of the Anne Arundel county deaths come in a spate of recent gang violence across the state, including in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County police are also investigating two bodies found in local parks in September. Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra, a 20-year-old from Silver Spring, was found dead in a stream in Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park. A body found decapitated and dismembered in Wheaton Regional Park has not yet been identified.

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said both men died in gang killings, but did not specify what gang was believed to be responsible.

Several suspected MS-13 members are facing murder charges in Frederick County for the killing of a Silver Spring man whose body was found outside Frederick in June.

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