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El Salvadoran Murder Suspect Who Fled to Northern California Sent Back to His Country

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A Salvadoran man suspected of killing a man in his native country during an argument in which he also shot at his mother two years ago was turned over to authorities there Wednesday after being taken into custody in San Francisco, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. Salvadoran police reports state that Luis Eduardo Lopez Silva, 34, allegedly shot Cesar Giovanni on March 23, 2012 in Ahuachapan, El Salvador after a night of drinking, according to ICE officials.

Silva also allegedly shot his own mother during the argument in his home that night after she attempted to intervene, officials said. Giovanni was pronounced dead at a hospital and Silva’s mother survived the shooting, agency officials said. He fled to Northern California soon after the alleged murder and attempted murder but was taken into custody by ICE’s enforcement and removal operations officers when he went to a routine case status interview at ICE’s San Francisco office in October 2013.

During the interview, records checks showed that international police agency Interpol had recently issued a red notice for Silva in connection with the fatal shooting, according to ICE officials. Agency officials said Silva was detained and an immigration judge in May ordered him to be repatriated to El Salvador. Silva had appealed the judge’s decision that was dismissed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals in August, ICE officials said.

He had boarded a flight coordinated through ICE’s air operations unit and today ERO officers turned Silva over to El Salvadoran Civilian National Police for the alleged crimes, according to agency officials. Silva is the latest suspect to be extradited to El Salvador as part of the ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement Initiative. In the past three years, 480 wanted criminals were sent back to El Salvador through the initiative, ICE officials said.

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