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4th person charged in MS-13-related death of Maryland girl

June 10, 2019

RIVERDALE, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say another teenager has been charged in the death of a Maryland girl who authorities say was beaten and stabbed by teens involved with MS-13.

News outlets report 18-year-old Edwin Rios, of Washington, D.C., was arrested in the District last week and now awaits extradition to Maryland. He’s charged with murder in the death of 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz.

Police say Funes-Diaz was lured to the woods on April 18 by fellow gang members and killed for fear that she would alert authorities to a kidnapping and robbery crime they committed together in April. Charging documents say her slaying was filmed. Her body was found a month later near a Riverdale creek.

Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi, 16-year-old Josue Fuentes-Ponce, and 17-year-old Joel Escobar are charged as adults with murder.

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