Selvin Geovanny Palacios Miranda, 18, and Bryan Castillo, 19, were both charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Court records indicate Eguia drove a friend, 19-year-old Alexis Barreno, to the park where they met up with Miranda, Castillo and two other MS-13 gang members who allegedly regularly bought marijuana from Barreno. However, the meeting turned out to be an ambush by the four MS-13 gang members, who planned to shoot Barreno because they recently discovered he was a member of a rival gang, Calle 13.
Once deep inside the park, court records say Castillo allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Barreno, who somehow managed to outrun gang members and escape. Family members later took him to the hospital and he was able to recover…
Detectives who interviewed Castillo and the other MS-13 members were told Castillo shot Barreno and Miranda later took the gun and then shot Eguia. Miranda reportedly later claimed he’d shot Eguia and told several gang members “The demon is inside of me.” But, during police interviews, Miranda denied witness accounts and claimed Castillo shot both Eguia and Barreno.
MS-13, also known as the Mara Salvatrucha, is considered one of the most vicious and feared gangs in the United States and Houston and the surrounding area is increasingly becoming a hub for MS-13 crime, according to the 2018 Texas Gang Threat Assessment recently released by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants from El Salvador, MS-13 is known to be involved in drug and human smuggling, prostitution, murder and extortion. It is classified as a Tier 1 threat in the report.
MS-13 members are also known for their involvement in the Satanism, which is evidenced by the gang’s use of demonic nicknames, tattoos and other Satanic imagery. The gang’s hand sign is a devil’s horn signal known as “la garra,” a Spanish reference to Satan’s claws, experts say.