‘Senseless’ Killing Puts Gang in Focus

Matt Stout, Boston Herald, January 4, 2013

The heavy-hearted family of a Chelsea man police said was murdered in cold blood by a reputed MS-13 gang member still cannot understand why the alleged quick-triggered assassin would target a father who, in his final words, simply acknowledged he was of Puerto Rican descent.

The case goes to trial on Monday, but the senseless slaying has churned up a long-rumored undercurrent of brutal gang reprisals in the city.

Santos Portillo is accused of walking up to 38-year-old Braulio Gomez in July of 2011 and shooting him dead without provocation. Gomez was sitting in front of his mother’s Chelsea home when the then-21-year-old opened fire, authorities said.


According to authorities, Portillo questioned Gomez and others on the porch in the moments before the shooting, asking, “Where are you from?” and what “set”—or gang—they were with. When Gomez said they were in no gang and that they were from Puerto Rico, authorities said Portillo “asserted” he was a member of Mara Salvatrucha—or MS-13, the notorious Central American street gang—pulled out a gun and fired one round that killed the unarmed Gomez.

Witnesses have since told a grand jury investigating the case of an “ongoing conflict with individuals from MS-13 and individuals of Puerto Rican descent” in Chelsea, according to court filings. The fear for some has been so real, one witness moved out of Chelsea while another remains in out-of-state witness protection, prosecutors said.

Chelsea police said it hasn’t hit their radar, especially considering MS-13 presence is “minimal” compared to where it was a decade ago. “There’s no record of Puerto Ricans being attacked by people alleging to be MS-13,” said Chelsea Capt. Keith Houghton,

The dynamic, however, is one community leaders said has long been floated in the streets.

“I’ve definitely heard it from time to time,” said Dana Betts, programming director for Roca, a Chelsea non-profit that for 25 years has worked with high-risk youths to get them off the street and into work programs. “I can say from what I see that it doesn’t seem that evident, that it’s what defines the back and forth that goes on.”


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  • “Senseless killing.”

    Make a permanent drinking game of that one.

    No, it’s not a senseless killing. The article gives you plenty of plausible reasons why this killing happened.

  • MekongDelta69

    Uh-oh. Who’s La Raza gonna side with in this one?!

    • bigone4u

      They will figure out a way to blame “the gringo.”

      • Liberalsuck

        Yep. They learned it from the blacks. Blame whitey and you will be excused from any wrongdoings. Heck, you might even get lots of free money to boot!

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Eric Holder and President Oogabooga will order a BATF program to get them some better guns.

          • Liberalsuck

            How are they gonna give them better guns when they are giving the DHS 1.6 billion rounds of JHP ammo? (Oh, plus another 300,000 more rounds they just ordered for them at our expense)

          • Michael_C_Scott

            M-82 “light fifties” like they were letting the Mexican narcos have. There has to be zillion round stockpiles of 12.7mm X 99 ammo (a.k.a. .50″ BMG) in the USA.

      • Sam

        Latinos didn’t do it. Pilgrims made that happen.

  • WmarkW

    Geez, these ignoramuses can’t even get crime right. The last thing a real mafioso does is draw attention to themselves by killing an innocent person.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      This is also the last thing a genuine guerilla fighter does as well. Whether it is about money or politics, the pros leave ordinary folks alone.

      • joesolargenius

        The gang leaders convince their members to wear tattoos as it makes it more difficult for them to change careers should they become disillusioned with gang life. That is why they recruit them young and mold them to be tools of profit before they gain true knowledge of what is really going on and how they are being used.Gangs like MS13 can only grow as large as they do in metropolitan areas through the assistance of Law Enforcement and corrupt political organization whom benefit from their actions !

        • TheTRUTH

          The only possibility of tightening up the border and keeping out more potential gang members would be if these friendly tatoo-faced youths started getting bused into those nice little Private schools…yeah know, some new classmates for the Obama children to play with.

    • Liberalsuck

      this is what the liberals and neocons say we should embrace and not the ‘racist boring old WASP culture’

    • joesolargenius

      His gang leader probably convinced himn to do it in order to scare the Puerto Ricans , The killer was probably the stupidest person in his gang and so they sacrificed him to make a point.

  • William Allingham

    theres a thin line between being intrepid and being stupid… in their lust for easy self-glorification and unearned power, hispanics often cross it.

    • Liberalsuck

      Much like blacks. Blacks and browns will soon run out of white people’s money to breed and feed each other and whites will still be able to beat them since we are better at organizing small, but powerful forces. Always have and always will. We have destroyed the most powerful empires on the face of planet and always will win even when the odds are stacked against us.

      • joesolargenius

        True but only if we have wise and capable leaders doing the organizing and recruiting .

        • Joseph

          Well golly, we have His Hopefulness, our Nobel Laureate commander-in-chief who “killed Bin-Laden”. When he is successful at getting all of those “assault-rifles off the street” our problems are over and then he can protect us. America will once again be a peaceful and harmonious land as it was when the Mexicans and Indians were “the owners”.

  • So CAL Snowman

    All MS-13 gang members can be identified by their facial tattoos that loudly proclaim them as MS-13 members. It would be easy to identify, arrest, and deport these thugs. It would be in the best interest of the nation. They are the largest “gang” in the US but they are really a para-military terrorist group that should have been crushed and deported a long time ago. The MS-13 is the PERFECT example of how there is no rule of law in the US and the PERFECT example of how the federal government does not care one bit for the safety or destruction of this country.

    • Non Humans

      I agree! I’m not for giving our government anymore authority, but I think that they should be allowed to actively hunt gang members without a need for due process. They are senseless and dangerous.
      Either that or issue hunting permits to well-trained and armed citizens, and let us collect the bounty. I have always said that, “If they would make it legal to hunt the stoopids, I would go career!” Sniper School anyone?

    • shattered

      I saw quite a few that shaved their eyebrows and tattooed MS13 in their place.

    • mikebowen55

      It would be more effective just to kill them on sight and less expensive. Why should the people of this nation be saddled with the costs of deporting these types?

    • JS

      @So Cal Snowman ~ Unfortunately, you’re incorrect on many counts…Not all MS13 members have tattoos on their faces. Also, countless MS13 members have been deported to their home countries without being adjudicated here in the United States. The problem: it’s very easy for them to come back, and without a prior conviction in one of our state court systems, they only face an illegal re-entry charge without benefit of returning as an aggravated felon which many if them are when they’re deported. Thus, no stiffer penalties.
      As for the deportation issue; it’s a double edged sword. On the one hand, if we adjudicate and convict, then we must pay to house them. Conversely, if we don’t, we still pay for them in the price of crimes they commit against our citizens along with the benefits they usurp from the communities in which they live such as schools, police and fire services, etc…
      In closing, there are many laws on the books that could and should be used to deal with the many MS13 gang members that live here.

  • pcmustgo

    MEXICANS/CENTRAL AMERICANS “GETTING BACK” AT BLACKS AND PUERTO RICANS (1/4TH BLACKS) FOR MUGGING MEXICANS (short, loaded with cash from their under-the-table jobs)?

  • C_C_Conrad
  • Barrack Osama

    If only we cracked down on legal gun ownership.

  • Liberalsuck

    Oh, no! Two unwanted, low-IQ groups of savages who are busy fighting each other instead of uniting to ‘take over’ my country? Can’t say I’m too heartbroken.

    • joesolargenius

      Their not just attacking each other but also us as well and their children will unite to gain control of any area they can .

  • Michigan Patriot

    Importing more ” Hispanic family values ” as the Marxist propagandize ad nauseum; the supposed positive effect on invading America by our non-representative, treasonous, non-constitutional political parties. Genocide and culturalcide ongoing since 1965 anti-White Christian immigration law went into effect and still doing its extermination job.

    • newscomments70

      Even if we were importing white Europeans, I’m not sure we would see anything different. It might even be worse. Northern Europeans are overwhelmingly socialist, pro-multicultural, and atheist. Non-white criminals in Northern Europe are punished very lightly for raping and murdering ethinc Europeans. It is unusual to see prison sentences last more than two years. Life sentences are illegal. Terrorists who bomb trains, etc in Holland are given five years or less in a country-club style prison. Obama has an 80%+ approval rating in Northern Europe. In Europe, a person handing out neo-nazi pamphets would likely do more time than a foreign rapist/murderer. All Northern European immigrants that I know voted for Obama. If I say anything realistic about Obama in their precense, they scream at me for being racist. Conversely, all Northern Europeans born in the US, mostly from the Boston and Chicago metro areas, did NOT vote for Obama. Europeans are hell-bent on their own genocide. They will attack you for trying to stop white genocide.

      • ATBOTL

        Keep in mind, we are living in an America where the Southern Baptist Church has a black president and advocates amnesty for illegals. The stereotype that Europeans are more anti-white is no longer accurate. They have become much more nationalistic and race conscious as a result of contact with nonwhites while white Americans, even conservative ones, have moved in the opposite direction under massive social pressure and repeated betrayal from their own conservative and Christian leaders.

        • Joseph

          Remember at there was a major split in the Southern Baptist Church over the issue of slavery around the Civil War. The northern churches condemned slavery and eventually evolved into what is now the “Southern Baptist Convention”. Unfortunately, the SBC has fallen to political correctness to a certain degree and started down the “anything for members” road. Note that nearly all are Republicans (NOT that Repubs are Baptists, but that S. Baptists are Repubs) and will largely parallel the Republican view. Many are Freemasons also.

      • Joseph

        I think that many of the Euro’s who are likely to emmigrate here if we stopped non-euro immigration but allowed them, might be the kind who are sick of the great multicultural experiment. I’ve seen some of them interviewed and they want the mud and sand people to get the hell out but they have no say about it any longer. There legislatures and courts have been hijacked by the globalists just as ours.

        There are many in Sweden, Holland, Italy, Germany, England, France who are tired of the fecund, welfare parasite criminals imported wholesale into their countries too.

  • shattered

    The MS-13 guys were the hardest ones I met here in Los Angeles during my intervention years. Even the look in their eyes was different.

    • joesolargenius

      And what kind of drugs were they using to mold their thoughts and create their actions !

      • shattered

        Mostly marijuana and alcohol initially with some cocaine when they could get it. But that was back in the 70’s and 80-81 when they were long haired rockers going to concerts. As they morphed into a violent criminal streetgang in the early 80’s, they got into the hard drugs and started dealing them like all worthless streetgangs do.

  • SintiriNikos

    DoJ records this as a white-on-Hispanic murder.

    • Liberalsuck

      But not a ‘white Hispanic’ like our friend George Zimmerman was classified as? Sorry, couldn’t resist.

      • SintiriNikos

        Haha Yeah, how does a guy that looks like he could have built Machu Picchu be called ‘white’ anything? Credit to Jim Goad for the joke.

  • bluffcreek1967

    I deal with the Mexican and Salvadorian gangs quite frequently (I won’t say what I do, but I’m sure some of you could guess it), and I can attest that, on average, they are both dumber than a bag of rocks and hard-core evil at the same time. Like blacks, they are impulsive and angry at the world. Their pride blinds them to reason. They do not think like whites. They do NOT assimilate at all and they will NEVER fit into the white man’s world.

    I cannot stress strong enough how dead wrong Americans were in being lax about immigration and border control these past 40 years. The Mexican, Salvadorian and Honduran people are NOT good for America. They are, in fact, BAD for our nation as LA County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and San Diego County can attest. Don’t let the poor little humble Mexican-indian of popular culture fool you. These people are dull-witted, prone to crime, alcoholics, unwilling to assimilate, disrespectful toward whites and their culture, no sense of American history or its founding, deeply entitled because of white liberals, unconcerned about formal education, and they are inclined to thuggery and the gangster lifestyle. This is what these people breed. When you deal with them each day in some form or fashion, you see it clearly with eyes wide open.

    And then when you realize that all of our southern border states are filled with these people, you start to recognize what white Americans are up against – and it’s neither hopeful or pretty!

    • Michael_C_Scott

      When I wanted the Colorado Springs police to take a signed complaint about construction noise at all hours of the night in 2011, they refused. They also refused to give me a business card so I could call their shift captain. I did anyway, and explained in detail their behavior. This earned us a search by the BATF only a few months later.

      The CSPD harassed us after the 2012 election after another anonymous complaint from supporters of President Orangutan. We did not allow the four officers with arms reach of me after I ordered them away from the door, and I have given Sayaka express instructions to shoot the electromagnetic coilgun through me to kill anyone coming through our door, whoever they are. With a muzzle velocity of about 6100 FPS, this tactic should work. My living will allows her express permission to end my life in this manner. I told her to aim from the second floor straight at my head, and she’ll get everybody in front of me.

      I don’t sell drugs, I don’t use drugs, I don’t possess firearms – forever disallowed me – I don’t drive drunk, I don’t steal, I don’t hit my family members or even scold them, and I used to like cops, but the way they treat me makes me want to kill them all. Sorry about that Bluff Creek, but it was like someone turned off a switch in my soul. Cops will never help me and will always go out of their way to try to hurt me, so I want them all dead.

      I finally “get it”.

      • ATBOTL

        Why did they let you back?

        • Justanobserver

          i’m curious, who is the “they” you refer to? this is only my second time posting here, and i felt the need to do so because i cannot tell if this is a personal attack of some sort against Mr. Scott, who, although i dont know him personally, i feel comfortable in my belief that he is one of the “good” people who frequent this site. The little snippets of his life which he sometimes shares here aren’t always directly pertinent to the topic at hand, but they do always provide a glimpse into the life of a man who i feel deserves a fair amout of admiration for the fact that he embodies a lot of what we might call “whiteness … ingenuity, iner strength, creativity, perseverance, the list could go on for quite some time., but i wont. Just wanted some clarification on your comment, if you dont mind.

  • PesachPatriot

    There is a pretty sizable MS 13 presence in florida these days, mostly in Miami, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth(less)…the bad news is they are more intelligent and ruthless than the average crips and bloods, the good news is they generally keep their nonsense in their own run down hell holes. Face tattoos are the stupidest thing ever….even if I was billionaire I don’t think I would get one. Its basically saying “I am crazy and badass and don’t care ’bout no job market look at me”….I find it hilarious when rappers get them thinking they will be rich and famous forever….in 3-5 years when the next big rapper comes along and their mansion gets foreclosed and the hooptie and rims get repoed that face tattoo might make it a little harder to get the coveted assistant manager job at KFC or Taco Bell.

  • David Axelrod

    The left constantly harps about environmental pollution…what about the America’s cultural pollution caused by hispanics and blacks?