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Jury hands down 1st conviction in Newark illegal alien gang massacre

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By Michelle Malkin  •  May 24, 2010 12:21 PM

In 2007, a gang of MS-13-tied illegal aliens ambushed a group of young college students in Newark and murdered them execution-style in a schoolyard. A refresher course before we get to the jury decision that came down this morning:

I covered the story — and the open-borders failures that paved the way for the murderers — extensively (see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. A reminder of the brutal crime:

The four students were hanging out behind Mount Vernon School on Aug. 4, 2007, when they were confronted by their attackers with a handgun and a machete. Three of the victims — Terrance Aeriel, 18, Dashon Harvey, 20, and Iofemi Hightower, 20 — were killed when they were lined up against the wall and shot in the back of the head. Terrance’s sister, Natasha Aeriel, survived after being shot in the face and left for dead.

All of the victims were robbed, and Aeriel and the group’s other female, Iofemi Hightower, were sexually molested and cut with machetes and knives, according to a lawsuit recently filed against the city school system and the alleged killers.

And another graphic reminder:

The thugs who shot four college students in Newark reportedly preceded their sick attack by trying to sexually assault their two female victims.

The group of six assailants – who shot two men and a woman dead and wounded another woman – failed in their attempt at a sexual attack, and then decided to kill their victims, according to 1010 WINS radio.

Six suspects have now been charged in the Aug. 4 atrocity, in which the victims were blasted execution-style.

Yesterday, a family member of one of the slain victims, Iofemi Hightower, described the level of savagery of the attack. He said the thugs used a machete to hack their victims.

“They cut my niece’s face off,” said John McClain, who is Hightower’s great-uncle, and the chaplain of the Newark Police Department. “They cut her from cheek to cheek. They left her head hanging.”

McClain said the mortician told him he had to work for three days to put his grand-niece’s face back together.

“Most people couldn’t tell, when he was done, but the family could tell,” he said.

The busted deportation system aided several of the murderous thugs, as I reported in 2007, including Rodolfo Godinez, who was convicted today.

Reminder:

Rodolfo Antonio Godinez Gomez entered the U.S. from Nicaragua on Oct. 24, 1992. He was ordered deported on May 5, 1993, but it isn’t clear if he ever left the country, according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontura. “It seems to me that he was illegal,” he said.

The Star-Ledger also reported:

He arrived in the country in 1992 and obtained permanent legal residency in 2001.

He had eluded cops for four years after becoming a fugitive on July 7, 2003, when he ditched a Superior Court hearing on charges that he robbed and attacked three people in Irvington a year earlier.

It took the savage deaths of three promising college students for the law to finally catch up to Godinez today. Notice how this New York Times story is completely silent on the role that lax immigration enforcement played in enabling the barbaric killers:

In the first trial stemming from the shootings of four college-age friends in a Newark schoolyard, a jury on Monday returned guilty verdicts for three murders and one attempted murder, after less than a day of deliberations.

The jury in state Superior Court here convicted Rodolfo Godinez, a 26-year-old native of Nicaragua, of all the charges facing him, including multiple counts each of robbery and weapons and conspiracy. He could face consecutive life sentences on the murder charges…

…Even in a hardened by violence, the killings came as a shock. Three of the victims had been students at Delaware State University, and Ms. Hightower planned to enroll there. The shootings occurred in the Ivy Hill section at the western edge of Newark, not one of the rougher areas in the city’s center and south.

The crimes spurred changes in city policing strategies, including greater use of video cameras and devices to detect the sound of gunshots.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil…enable more evil.

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Web tribute to Dashon Harvey.

Web tribute to Iofemi Hightower.

Web tribute to Terrance Aeriel.

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