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A 'peace ambassador' who was paid by a federally funded non-profit to keep Los Angeles kids out of gangs has been charged in connection with a string of MS-13 killings.
Wilfredo Vides, 43, was supposed to be keeping at-risk kids on the straight and narrow - but federal prosecutors say that instead he was 'facilitator, advisor, supporter, and protector' of an MS-13 clique.
Vides - Native - El - Salvador - Country
Vides, a native of El Salvador who is living in the country illegally, was working as a gang intervention counselor by Communities in Schools of the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles when he was arrested last month, the LA Times reported.
He is charged with accessory to attempted murder, and was swept up in a sting of 22 alleged MS-13 members in the Los Angeles area.
Prosecutors - Vides - Panorama - High - School
Prosecutors say that Vides mentored a Panorama High School student who is accused of taking part in an MS-13 killing and later stabbing a student at his high school in the back and stomach.
Vides hid his mentee, Steven Emmanuel Linares, from the police after the stabbing, prosecutors allege.
Linares - Prosecutors - Dozen - Members - Cliques
Linares, prosecutors say, was among a dozen MS-13 members from three cliques who stabbed and hacked 20-year-old Elvin Hernandez to death with knives and a machete in the Angeles National Forest in June 2017.
Hernandez was stabbed more than...
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