MS-13 doesn’t fear prison, President Trump or even death. But there is one thing that scares the hell out of tattooed members of the murderous Central American gang: La Sombra Negra.
Spanish for “The Black Shadow,” La Sombra Negra is a mysterious paramilitary organization that is part death squad, part vigilante group, and dedicated to responding in extreme kind to MS-13’s ruthlessness. MS-13 members captured by La Somba Negra purportedly have been sexually tortured and dismembered before being dispatched with a bullet, their bodies left to be discovered by family or fellow gang members.
While La Somba Negra, believed to be made up of police and military members, is not active in the U.S., where President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have declared war on MS-13, they have proven a major deterrent to the gang’s activities in its homeland.
La Sombra Negra first emerged in the early 1990s in the aftermath of El Salvador’s brutal civil war and has since periodically resurfaced over the last decade to sow fear in the hearts of gang members.
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