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Four Alleged MS-13 Gang Members Charged in Connection with Murder of Man Found in Germantown Park

Police have charged four men with first-degree murder in connection with the homicide of the body found in the Germantown area of Great Seneca Stream Valley Park back in August. Police say the murder in Great Seneca Stream Valley Park and the body of another man found in a wooded area off Lost Knife Road in Montgomery Village on November 1. Police believe both murders are the work of the MS-13 street gang.

Montgomery County Police detectives from the Major Crimes Division have charged the four suspects for the homicide of Marvin Misael Vargas-Osorio, 34, of the 400 block of North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. It was Vargas-Osorio whose body was found in the shallow grave by hunters in Great Seneca Stream Valley Park on August 29.

The four suspects are Luis F. Avelar Morales, 18, of Girard Street in Gaithersburg, Daniel Adonai Ramos, 19, of Lost Knife Circle in Montgomery Village, Edwin E. Reyes-Martinez,18, of the unit block of Whetstone Drive in Gaithersburg, and Juan Espinal Rapalo, 18, of Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg. They have been charged with first-degree murder. Avelar Morales and Reyes-Martinez were 17 at the time of the murder; they both have been charged as adults in this homicide.

According to police, Avelar Morales, Ramos, and Rapalo were charged while they were already in custody and being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. They three were being held while awaiting trial for the homicide of Roberto Gutierrez Cruz. It was Gutierrez Cruz whose body was found in the wooded area near Lost Knife Road on November 1.