Cristofer Perez-De La Cruz | Homicide Watch Boston news about Cristofer Perez-De La Cruzen-usTue, 02 Feb 2016 17:49:11 -0500Gang raid nets arrest of suspects in 3 East Boston murders<p>A multi-city raid on Friday led law enforcement officials to arrest 56 people connected to the national gang MS-13. In a 64-page federal indictment, officials linked members of the gang to five murders, including three in East Boston in recent months.</p> <p>Those three homicides, all of teenage boys, were all killed allegedly because MS-13 leaders told lower ranking members they needed to commit violence to prove their worth to the group, according to <a href="">the Boston Globe</a>:</p> <a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-2838" src="" alt="Irvin de Paz" width="140" height="140" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Irvin de Paz</p> <blockquote><p>Wilson Martinez, 15, and Irvin de Paz, 16, were killed in September 2015 in East Boston after MS-13 leaders ordered subordinates to prove themselves worthy by murdering rivals, officials said. Cristofer Perez-De La Cruz, 16, was killed in January with a gun, knives, and a machete after MS-13 leaders in Virginia told leaders of local “cliques” that their crews needed to be more violent, according to court records.</p> <a href=""><img class=" wp-image-3026" src="" alt="Wilson Martinez" width="132" height="180" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Wilson Martinez</p> <p>Police Commissioner William B. Evans said the murders of rivals appeared to be based on MS-13’s orders for initiation rites for its members rather than retaliation. According to the indictment, young men were encouraged to commit murder in order to be promoted in the gang. “We’re talking real young victims here, and their families are still suffering,” Evans said.</p></blockquote> <p>Four people are accused of killing Perez-De la Cruz, according to <a href="">the Globe</a>:</p> <a href=""><img class=" wp-image-2979" src="" alt="Cristofer Perez de la Cruz" width="179" height="178" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Cristofer Perez de la Cruz</p> <blockquote><p>East Boston residents Edwin Diaz, 18, and Edwin Gonzalez, 20, and Chelsea residents Marvin Melgar, 21, and Jairo Perez, 24. Gonzalez is also accused of participating in the murder of 15-year-old Wilson Martinez.</p></blockquote> <p>Days after that murder, the federal indictment alleges that Perez and 22-year-old Jose Vasquez, the leader of a local MS-13 group, tried to hide evidence by allegedly burying knives, a machete and bloody clothes.</p> <p>The <a href="">indictment also revealed</a> that MS-13 allegedly began recruiting teens from local high schools in East Boston, as well as schools in Chelsea and Everett.</p> Gail WaterhouseTue, 02 Feb 2016 17:49:11 -0500 Javier de Paz CastroWilson MartinezCristofer Perez-De La CruzVictim in Sunday's fatal East Boston shooting identified<p>Police have identified the <a href="">person fatally shot</a> in East Boston early Sunday morning.</p> <a href=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-2979" src="" alt="Cristofer Perez" width="300" height="298" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Cristofer Perez-De la Cruz</p> <p>Christofer Perez-De la Cruz, 16, was found shot on Falcon Street around 1:35 a.m. Sunday. Emergency responders transported Perez-De la Cruz to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.</p> <p>A nearby resident who was doing laundry was startled when she heard gunshots. According to <a href="">the Boston Globe</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>She went to her front porch, where she saw Perez-De la Cruz lying on the sidewalk, with his face covered in blood.</p> <p>She dialed 911. “I was just praying to the Lord that he would make it,” Arteaga told the Globe.</p></blockquote> <p>Anyone with information is asked to call <span class="caps">BPD</span> homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. Anonymous tipsters can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-<span class="caps">TIPS</span>, or text the word ‘<span class="caps">TIP</span>’ to <span class="caps">CRIME</span> (27463).</p> Gail WaterhouseWed, 13 Jan 2016 13:57:49 -0500 Perez-De La Cruz