Myspace Aids in Apprehending New Jersey Executioners, Illegal Immigrants

On August 4th, 2007, four Black college students were lined up next to a wall at their high school, forced to kneel, and then shot in the back of the head. This execution-style murder was the tragic end to a robbery jerseyapparently initiated by 24-year-old Rodolfo Godinez. Of the victims, Natasha Aeriel, 19, Terrance Aeriel, 18, Dashon Harvey and Iofemi Hightower, both 20-only Natasha survived. There has not been a tremendous amount of news coverage on these slayings, so I thought I would take the initiative by providing an update. Godinez and his brother were apprehended yesterday as authorities pieced together clues about their whereabouts by looking at their Myspace pages.

Although the page has been removed, The Washington Post has a saved version of it, showing the young man in sunglasses and a bandanna making a gang sign. On the page, he claimed to be a member of Guanacos Little Cycos Salvatruchos, part of the Latino gang MS-13 with ties to Northern Virginia. He noted his occupation as “smoke Piff” and his income as “$250,000 and higher.” The page showed that the “last login” was Aug. 5, the day after the killings. (read entire Washington Post article here)

Most of the news sources covering this story seem to emphasize that several of the assailants-Rodolfo Godinez, his unnamed half brother and Jose Carranza-are undocumented immigrants. Of the dozens arrests taking place in relation to this vicious murder, at least 10 have been arrests of people involved in obstruction of justice in immigration. This controversial case is quickly becoming a battleground for the immigration debate, US boarder patrol and conflict between Black and Latino populations. How can we move forward in solidarity with the communities of immigrant Hondurans, Mexicans and Venezuelans, without allowing the gangsterism of these young individuals to fracture Black/Brown unity?

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Published on August 21, 2007 at 9:18 am. 14 Comments.
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