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Violent NYC subway killing re-fuels immigration debate

by Christopher Suarez - campus talk editor
Tue, Feb 12th 2019 10:00 pm
gang related The brutal killing of 20-year-old Abel Mosso in broad daylight has re-sparked controversy.  The debate of gang control in New York City is now in discussion after it was found that the killing was because of a gang war between the 18th street gang and the notorious MS-13. The other debate brought up is immigration, due to the fact that Amiro A. Gutierrez (above, right) is an undocumented immigrant. He is now facing multiple charges including murder, along with facing deportation back to his home country of El Salvador.
gang related The brutal killing of 20-year-old Abel Mosso in broad daylight has re-sparked controversy. The debate of gang control in New York City is now in discussion after it was found that the killing was because of a gang war between the 18th street gang and the notorious MS-13. The other debate brought up is immigration, due to the fact that Amiro A. Gutierrez (above, right) is an undocumented immigrant. He is now facing multiple charges including murder, along with facing deportation back to his home country of El Salvador.

The Big Apple is a city filled with diversity, amazing food, lights and skyscrapers. But what New York City is mainly known for is the mass transit. The NYC subway system expands across all five boroughs and is used by a high percentage of New Yorkers.

Around rush hour, the subways can get filled quickly and it can be a hassle to travel from place to place. But the trains are a place for commuters to travel without any disruption or fear for their lives. Unfortunately, for a number of passengers waiting for the 7 Line train at the 90 street-Elmhurst avenue train station, their daily commute turned into a sight they will never forget.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, a group of bystanders witnessed the murder of 20-year-old Abel Mosso. The killing took place in the historically dangerous Elmhurst, Queens. The Mexican and Colombian filled neighborhood has never been immune to violence. Nevertheless, the city as a whole has not had a killing in the subways for over six months.

The violent killing took place on the platform of the station with multiple witnesses around. The altercation started off as a fight between two men and Mosso. Things escalated when one of the men took out a gun and shot Mosso six times. The suspect, Amiro A. Gutierrez, was the man who pulled the trigger. Gutierrez, 26, pulled out his gun in the train station filled with people and started shooting Mosso with no signs of retreating.

While the 7 Line train was arriving, people ran for their lives as Gutierrez took shots and bystanders ran onto the train to protect themselves from flying bullets. Despite the chaos, there were still people who kept their phone cameras glued to the action. The videos were instantly released after the shooting occurred and the gruesome murder took over the internet.

Even though the shooting was caught on camera, the faces of the suspects were not initially distinguishable. The face of Gutierrez was caught by a surveillance camera exiting the train station.

The victim, Abel Mosso, is one small piece of a bigger issue. Mosso was a part of the Central American gang, 18th street gang. Also known as “Calle 18” or “Mara 18,” the gang is most known for its violent history and willingness to kill. The gang is mainly based in El Salvador and has spread violence through the already dangerous third world country.

However, in El Salvador, there is one gang who trumps the rest of them. MS-13 is arguably the most dangerous gang in the world and has total control over the country of El Salvador.

But the 18th street gang is not one to sit back and let them take over. The two gangs are in constant battle over territory and power. That same war has been brought over to the United States.

Gutierrez and his partner are both members of the notorious MS-13 gang. The attack on Mosso seems to be a planned attack because of the rivalry the two gangs have. Gutierrez was eventually caught after the footage was released, but this is not his first run with the law.

According to Fox5NY.com, back in December of 2018, Gutierrez was arrested on various charges of attempted murder, conspiracy and drug and weapons charges alongside 11 other members. Despite the arrest, none of them were indicted.

The bigger issue this killing brings up is immigration. Gutierrez is an illegal immigrant which adds fuel to the fire on Trump’s major debate about building the wall in the U.S.-Mexico border.

Donald Trump has been threatening to call a national emergency to get the billions needed to build the wall. This killing is exactly what Trump was talking about during his presidential campaign.

In my opinion this incident should not incriminate all undocumented immigrants. The actions of Gutierrez should not label all immigrants as violent criminals, because no two people are the same.

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