A 22-year-old woman called “Diablita” — or “Little Devil” — who is accused of luring five teens to a MS-13 massacre reportedly licked the victims’ blood off her lips as members brutally murdered the young men.
She is now facing charges of helping lure the teens to their deaths.
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Leniz Escobar reportedly lured 20-year-old Michael Lopez and his friends, 16-year-old Justin Llivicura, 18-year-old Jorge Tigre, and 18-year-old Jefferson Villalobos, to a planned massacre in Long Island, New York, in 2017.
Escobar, according to prosecutors, led the four to a local park after telling MS-13 members — one of whom was her boyfriend — that the teens had mocked them.
When the group arrived at the park, Escobar reportedly crouched down low to the ground and smiled as the teens were hacked and slashed to death with machetes, knives, and tree branches. As the blood spurted and sprayed across her face and clothing, Escobar was said to grin and lick the blood from her lips.
Witness Elmer Alexander Arteaga Ruiz — a fifth teen who was lured to the park but who was able to escape — testified that there were at least eight or nine gang members involved in the bloody attack.
“They covered their faces with sweaters,” Ruiz recalled during his testimony. “They came and formed a semi-circle. They told us to get down on our knees. They said ‘Don’t move. Whoever moves, dies.'”
He added, “I ran because the first words they said was that we were going to die, they were going to kill us, and they had weapons. … I took off running and there were two people who started to follow me. Thank God I managed to escape.”
In a December 2019 ruling, U.S. Circuit Judge Joseph Bianco said that Escobar “knowingly lured the unsuspecting victims to a prearranged location in the Central Islip woods where they were murdered with machetes, knives and tree limbs.”
The New York Post reported that four other MS-13 members also accused of carrying out the brutal murder are awaiting trial in connection with the case, while two other members have been sentenced to 50 and 55 years in prison.
Escobar’s defense attorney, the Daily Mail reported, said that she did not realize that the victims would be killed when she drew them to the park.
Murder trial of MS-13’s Leniz “Little Devil” Escobar begins