Background February: Release of another El Ponchis-like boy assassinA 13-year-old boy who had confessed to being an assassin for a Mexican drug cartel was among six people found murdered execution-style, authorities in the central Mexican state of Zacatecas have confirmed.
The boy, identified as Jose Armando Moreno Leos by officials, was arrested only three weeks ago by the Mexican Federal Police, according to Arturo Nahle Garcia, state’s attorney in Zacatecas.
Among the bodies of the women is reportedly the young assassin's mother.
“After being detained, he confessed to authorities that he had participated in at least 10 homicides and that he was somebody who was good at shooting with a high-caliber weapon,” Nahle Garcia said.
According to Nahle Garcia, Moreno Leos missed a court appearance on February 20. “Only his mother appeared before the judge to say that she had lost control of her son after he left the house at about age 11,” the prosecutor, said.
The court appearance was to determine custody and measures to help the teenager leave behind a life of crime.
The boy’s body was found Thursday alongside a highway in the municipality of Morelos.
The bodies of five other people, four females and one male, were also found at the same location. Officials say they had all been shot execution-style with high-caliber weapons.
“They all appeared to be young people, but we’re still in the process of positively identifying the bodies,” Nahle Garcia said.
This is not the first time a teenager has admitted being a hit man for organized crime in Mexico. In 2011, authorities arrested a 14-year-old boy, identified only as “El Ponchis” — “El Ponchis” — who admitted on camera that he had brutally killed people. In a video obtained by CNN, he told a military interrogator that he had beheaded four people.
|Arturo Nahle Garcia|