January 13, 2006


I've been digging thru the news to see what I could find to complement my previous blog and I was reminded of a shooter who the police are looking for in Storm Lake, a town about 30 miles from me. He fired random shots on at least three different occaisions this past week, but my interest is the tatoo on the back of his neck which reads SUR XIII.

According to Wikipedia this is a symbol associated with Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, the extremely violent gang from El Salvador which has been migrating to the U.S. in recent years. To be in MS-13 is to be a member for life. Runaways automatically earn a death sentence. The police mentioned that the man, Juaquin Pineda, is possibly suicidal.

This raises a few questions in my Friday the 13th influenced reasoning. For instance there are lots of Hispanics in Storm Lake so he could have been a recruiter, but this 'cholo' attracted a shitload of small town attention so I'm hoping that if he wasn't a deserter from MS-13 that he is now and is a long ways down the road.


Apparently Juaquin's ex-wife lives in Storm Lake.

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