HOUSTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - New details are emerging in the case of a teenage girl murdered by two gang members in Texas in a satanic ritual.
Two members of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), a criminal gang from Los Angeles, have admitted to raping, torturing and murdering a 15-year-old girl known as "Genesis."
She was held captive with another girl by 22-year-old Miguel Alvarez-Flores — whose nickname is "Diabolical" — and 18-year-old Diego Hernandez-Rivera. Both men are illegal immigrants. They raped and tortured the victims in their apartment. The other victim, a 14-year-old, escaped and showed police where Flores and Rivera kept her and the other girl she thought was named "Genesis." She told police the gang members had a shrine to Satan, to whom they offered sacrifices and called the "Beast."
She revealed that Genesis had disrespected their shrine, destroying it, and angering them. The men allegedly said that as a result, they needed a soul sacrifice to appease Satan. After carrying her off, she was never seen alive again. Her body was found on the side of a road on February 16 near Houston, Texas. She was found shot in the head and face, and Hernandez-Rivera admitted to police he was the one who had shot her.
Detectives are confirming they "believe strongly" they know the identity of the girl found. Reports indicate it may be a Genesis Cornejo, who ran away from her home in Jersey Village, northwest Houston, and was actively hiding from her parents.
While in court on March 2, both Rivera and Alvarez-Flores smiled, with Alvarez-Flores waving at a news camera.
Satanism has been closely tied to gang and drug cartel culture. A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report released in 2013 notes that "enough ritualistic behaviors, including killings, have occurred in Mexico to leave open the possibility that a spiritual insurgency component of the narcotics wars now exists."
In May 2016, several Mexican bishops and priests performed a "great exorcism" on the whole country owing to the massive rise in satanism, ritual murders and violence. Father Antonio Fortea, a renowned exorcist present at the event, remarked that "abortion, satanism, corruption, the cult of 'holy' death and the legalization of sexual aberrations undoubtedly have caused a great satanic infestation throughout Mexico."
He recommended that every bishop in Mexico should conduct an exorcism in his own diocese, noting that the legality of abortion and divorce, along with the rise of occult worship, are playing a part in the rise of the demonic in the country.
Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, warned of the "grave situation" in Mexico, which he said "has a very deep root, beyond human evil, which is the devil, who is very connected with death; he is the murderer from the beginning."