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* Alleged San Francisco Notorious MS-13 Gang Members Danilo Velasquez And Luis Herrera Plead Not Guilty To Murder Of Moises Frias

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UPDATE Click Here May 4, 2011 MS-13 alleged gang members Davie Mejia-Sensente,Mejia-Quintanilla and Luis Amilar-Zanas indicted for murder of Alexander Temaj-Castanon

Two alleged gang members charged with murder for the brazen fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man near the Daly City BART station in February pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court today.Danilo Velasquez, 18, and Luis Herrera, 28, were arrested in July in connection with the Feb. 19 shooting that also left two others injured, Daly City police Lt. Jay Morena said. A fourth person who was with the three victims was not struck by the gunfire. Velasquez and Herrera, who are suspected members of the notorious MS-13 gang, are charged with one count of murder with the special circumstance of being in a gang while committing a murder, and three counts of attempted murder, Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.They each face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, according to Guidotti. A third suspect in the shooting, Jaime Balam, 20, remains at large and may have fled to Mexico, Daly City police Sgt. David Mackriss said today.The shooting occurred around 7:10 p.m. Feb. 19 while 21-year-old Moises Frias and three other males were stopped in traffic on John Daly Boulevard near the entrance to the BART station, Morena said.The suspects pulled up behind the victims’ car and exited their own vehicle. They came up behind the victims’ car and fired multiple rounds into it, according to Morena.Frias and two other victims were struck with gunfire and the suspects fled north on Interstate Highway 280.Frias was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, and the other two victims survived, Morena said.Police believe the suspects mistakenly thought the victims were members of a rival gang, the Nortenos, because the victims were listening to rap music and some of them were wearing red at the time of the attack. Norteno members identify themselves with the color red.A preliminary hearing date of Sept. 18 was also set this afternoon. Both men remain in custody without bail.

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