MS-13 beheaded man in Maryland 10 years after Newark schoolyard slaying

Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego 19 was arrested in the death of an unienified man who was found decapitated and stabbed over a 100 times

The victim's "heart had been excised from his chest and thrown into the grave", police said in court records obtained by the Washington Post.

About 10 members of MS-13 used walkie-talkies to coordinate their movements as they closed in on their victim at a recreational area in Wheaton, Maryland, in early spring, but police only learned about the slaying after an informant tipped them off.

The victim has yet to be identified: The Montgomery County police say the body found in Wheaton Regional Park on September 5 was stabbed more than 100 times. An autopsy ruled his death a homicide from "sharp force injuries", police said.

On Sept. 5, the informant led detectives to the body.

The informant said that he, Lopez-Abrego and eight other MS-13 gang members lured the victim to Wheaton Regional Park this spring.

The details of the unidentified victim's gruesome murder described by the informant.were confirmed by a medical examiner after the body was exhumed.

The gang members allegedly had planned the killing for two weeks, according to court documents.

Lopez-Abrego, who denies involvement in the murder, was picked up by police after they stopped a vehicle he was in in late September. Lopez-Abrego was extradited to Maryland.

Lopez-Abrego did not speak during the court appearance.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a statement addressing Lopez-Abrego's legal status in the country. Police say he was apprehended in North Carolina on November 11 and extradited back to Maryland to appear before a judge in Rockville for a bond hearing.

Police are still working to identify the victim.

He was missing a bottom tooth, police said, and wearing a large gray sweatshirt with the words "First United Methodist Church Laurel" written on the front when his body was found. He was born in the 80's to protect the immigrants of el salvador's rival gangs in Los Angeles prior to export to central America.

MS-13 is a "transnational criminal organization" engaged in such crimes as drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, prostitution, murder and extortion.

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