May 1, 2021
Douglas Alexander Herrera-Hernandez, a member of the MS-13 gang, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of capital murder for killing a teenager in 2016.
“We are trying to break the back of this organization by sending their assassins to prison for as long as possible and we will remain unrelenting in our pursuit of these criminals who band together to terrorize communities,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
On June 13, 2016, Herrera-Hernandez, known as “Terror,” and several other gang members lured 16-year-old Estuar Quinonez to Buffalo Run Park in Missouri City, where he was shot at least 15 times as he sat on a park bench. Quinonez had witnessed several gang-related murders and they wanted to ensure he’d be forever silenced.
Prosecutors told jurors that Herrera-Hernandez, 24, admitted to calling gang leaders in El Salvador to get permission to kill Quinonez. He then arranged to have several other gang members hide in the park while two others picked up Quinonez and took him to the park.
As the 16-year-old sat on a park bench, Herrera-Hernandez and the other hidden gang members emerged and started shooting at him, hitting him in the head. All of the gang members who were present, including Herrera-Hernandez, shot Quinonez.
MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha 13, is a transnational gang started in Los Angeles with members being deported in the 1980s to Central America. Today it has presence along the East and West coasts of the United States and in major cities including Houston.