2010-03-26 / Top Stories

Stabbing Vic Not ‘Gang Enough’

By Howard Schwach

Police sources say that Mario Alberto Canton Quijada, 25, who was stabbed to death by two men on Wednesday, March 17 on the Beach at Beach 12 Street, died because he was not sufficiently dedicated to a vicious Ecuadorian gang called MS 13, of which he was a member.

Police arrested three men who were on the beach when they responded to a 911 call in connection with the stabbing death, but one was not charged.

Court records identify the two who were charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon as Diego Marroquin, 19, of Mott Avenue and Heriberto Martinez, 23, of Central Avenue, both of Far Rockaway.

Court documents show that the two men used a variety of weapons to kill the victim, including two knives and a machete.

Local police sources say that an investigation has shown that Quijada was killed by other members of MS 13.

“He was not gang enough, so he was killed,” the sources said.

Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS 13, is considered by local police officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to be one of the most dangerous gangs in the world. The majority of the gang members are South Americans and it has spread from there to Los Angeles and then across the nation.

In May of 2008, MS 13 members from Hempstead on Long Island, reportedly trying to muscle in on Far Rockaway drug dealers, shot several locals in a drive-by shooting.

Police say that uniformed officers on patrol on the boardwalk at about 12:34 a.m. on Wednesday saw three young men on the beach.

The cops went down on the sand to investigate the three and found Quijada with multiple stab wounds to his head and torso.

An ambulance was called and EMS workers declared him dead on the scene.

The two men were arraigned on Saturday. They were both remanded, which means they will remain in jail pending their next court hearing early next month.

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