Five people have been charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in connection with the slaying of a 16-year-old Falls Church boy whose body was dumped in Stafford County last weekend, authorities said Friday.

Jacson Pineda–Chicas was found between River Road and the Rappahannock River early March 9 by a Stafford deputy who was on routine patrol. The victim's body had suffered multiple types of severe trauma.

The case was initially investigated by Stafford detectives, but is now being turned over the the Prince George's County, Md., Police Department after the investigation revealed that the slaying occurred there.



The names of suspects Jonathan Castillo–Rivera, 20, of Annandale and Kevin Rodriguez–Flores, 18, of no fixed address were obtained from jail records earlier in the week.

Prince George's police Friday identified the other three suspects as Jose Ordonez–Zometa, 29, of Landover Hills, Md., Jose Hernandez–Garcia, 25, of no fixed address and Christian Martinez–Ramirez, 16, of Falls Church. Martinez–Ramirez is being tried as an adult.

According to a Prince George's police release, all five suspects and the victim are members of an MS-13 gang clique that operates in Fairfax County. On March 8, the victim and several others traveled to Landover Hills for a gang-related meeting.

The meeting was held at the home of Ordonez–Zometa, described by police as the leader of the clique.

During the meeting, police said, there was a confrontation during which Pineda–Chicas was attacked and killed. The reason for the attack is still being investigated, police said.

Four of the five suspects were still being held in Stafford as of Friday. Stafford Commonwealth's Attorney Eric Olsen said they will all be transferred to Maryland and charges in Stafford will be dropped as soon as the proper paperwork is completed.

One of the four, Castillo–Rivera, was in Stafford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Friday for a bond hearing. His attorney, Julia Dillon requested that Castillo–Rivera be released on electronic monitoring, a request that was quickly denied by Judge Julian Johnson.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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