The Staunton Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying vandalism suspects.
Police say the clock tower on West Beverley Street and Central Avenue was vandalized sometime between May 15 and 18.
They say the glass around the clock was broken and the letters "MS" were spray painted on the tower, resulting in about $800 worth of damage.
If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call the Staunton Police Department at 540-332-3842 or the Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.
MS is associated many times with
Mara Salvatrucha MS-13
In the early 1980s a civil war erupted in El Salvador killing as estimated 100,000 people. In addition, it is estimated between one and two million people have immigrated to the United States as a result of the unstable environment in El Salvador.
The first large population of El Salvadorian refuges settled in the Rampart area of Los Angeles. This influx of immigrants looking for low cost housing and employment was not readily welcomed by the Mexican-American population who were already residing in that area. The area was already plagued with gangs and crime.
These immigrant Salvadorian youth and young adults were soon were victimized by local gangs. A group of Salvadorian immigrants created a new gang calling themselves Mara Salvatrucha also known as MS-13. It is believed they got their name from combining the name of “La Mara”, a violent street gang in El Salvador with Salvatruchas, a term used to denote members of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. This was a group of Salvadorian peasants trained as guerilla fighters. The “13” was added to pay homage to the California prison gang, the Mexican Mafia. See more info here
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