On Sept. 13, the day before her 16th birthday, Mickens' brutally beaten body was found on a tree-lined street in Brentwood. A day later, the beaten body of her lifelong friend, Cuevas, was discovered in the wooded backyard of a nearby home. The teenagers had been inseparable and shared an interest in basketball. Their deaths were the result of a gang-related dispute at Brentwood High School. Officials believe their deaths were crimes of opportunity related to the ongoing gang disputes at the high school. The body of a third student, 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, was found on the grounds of the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood in October. Two of the suspects have been linked to his death. Police also discovered the skeletal remains of 19-year-old Oscar Acosta and 15-year-old Miguel Garcia-Moran in a remote industrial area of the town. Acosta had been missing since May, and Garcia-Moran vanished in February.For those who've convinced themselves the only problem is a lack of anti-gang programs in the schools, consider this from a law enforcement officer:
"MS-13 functions like all immigrant organized crime group, they start by targeting their own community," Lou Gentile, a former officer at the Organized Crime Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police and founder of the investigative firm CSI, told Fox News Latino. "You're seeing a growing Hispanic population in the Carolinas and MS-13 preys on their own, they exploit their own." Gentile added that many police forces in these smaller communities throughout the Carolinas don't have capabilities or staff to deal with the incursion of gangs like MS-13. "They don't know what is coming in," he said. "Police have to rely on the other departments that have wider resources like sheriff's departments or state attorney generals' offices."Uncontrolled borders make it impossible to regulate who enters. And humans, being human, are going to stick to their own tribe. Anyone outside the tribe is either an enemy or a target.