ABC Correspondent Judy Moeller spoke poignantly about domestic terrorism wreaked by criminal gangs on the Tuesday, October 19, 2004 broadcast of Morning Edition
Here is an example from Northern Virginia:
Charges dropped against murder suspect
"A reluctant witness fearing for his life said he didn't see Reynaldo Alexander Cordova at the house where his nephew was shot. As a result, charges of murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony against Cordova, 22, were dropped in General District Court on Monday.
Raul Escobar's testimony was the only evidence prosecutors had against Cordova, of 2216 Pimmit Run Lane, Falls Church, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney William E. Jarvis said after the hearing.
"MS-13 is going to kill him is he testifies," Jarvis said after the hearing Monday. "The question is where." '
MS-13, the criminal gang also known as Mara Salvatrucha, has allegedly met with Al-Qaeda in Central America (refer to the 2004-10-01 posting on this blog).