13-Year-Old Hitman Armando Moreno Found Dead in Mexico

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Jorge Armando Moreno, 13, admitted to taking part in at least 10 assassinations while working for the Los Zetas gang. He was arrested earlier this month and confessed to working as a hitman for the Mexican drug cartel. Authorities were forced to release him into the custody of his mother because of his age.

Now he is dead.

Moreno’s body was found on the side of the road 10 miles from the city of Morelos in Zacatecas state in central Mexico. It appeared as if the boy had been tortured. Five other bodies - four women and one man - were found alongside him. All of those bodies displayed signs of torture as well, reports The Sun. It is believed that one of the female victims may have been Moreno’s mother.

State prosecutor Arturo Nahle said: “It would have been better for him if we’d been able to keep him in custody.” At the time of Moreno’s arrest, Nahle described him as “extremely dangerous.” Moreno was just four months shy of turning 14 when he was arrested along with 15 other drug cartel members. Had he actually been 14 at the time of his arrest, police would have been able to keep him in custody.

Moreno confessed to killing a taxi driver and taking part in the murder of a woman whose body was set on fire after she was killed, according to authorities. It is estimated that as many as 20,000 minors are put to work by drug cartels in Mexico.

One child hitman, Edgar Jimenez, was sentenced to three years in jail at the age of 14. Dubbed “El Ponchis,” Jimenez is in prison for homicide, kidnapping and drugs and weapons possession.

“I participated in four executions but I did it drugged and under threat that if I didn’t they would kill me,” Jimenez said after his arrest. “I’ll go on the straight and narrow. I’ll work in anything else except this.”

Source: (The Sun)