Posted on August 20, 2015

Four Florida Students Hack Boy, 17, with Machete, Bury Him Alive Before Two Have Sex near Murder Scene

Rachelle Blidner, NY Daily News, August 20, 2015

Four Florida students hacked a 17-year-old boy with a machete and buried him alive before two of the killers celebrated by having sex near the murder scene, police said.

Desiray Strickland, 18, was arrested Wednesday, becoming the fourth charged in the gruesome slaughter of Jose Amaya Guardado on June 28, Miami-Dade police said.

Kaheem Arbelo, 20, Jonathan Lucas, 18, and Christian Colon, 19, were arrested and confessed to the crime last week, police said.

The twisted friend group plotted for two weeks, even digging the grave and hiding a machete beforehand in a wooded area near the Homestead Job Corps campus, where all five students lived about 35 miles south of Miami, according to an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.

On June 28, the disturbed teens lured Guardado to the woods after the unsuspecting teen asked permission from the school to leave campus to buy food, police said.

Arbelo, Lucas and Colon then ambushed Guardado and Arbelo struck him repeatedly with the machete, police said.

Strickland “complained that she had missed the first series of machete strikes because she had walked away for a few minutes to urinate in the woods,” according to the arrest report.

Outnumbered, Guardado tried to stop the murder, but the sick sadists kept going.

“The victim made one last attempt to fight off the attackers,” a detective wrote, “at which time, (Arbelo) struck the victim with the machete several more times until the victim’s face caved in.”

The four teens then ordered Guardado into the shallow grave and buried him as he took his last breaths, police said. They burned their clothes and Guardado’s belongings.

As Lucas and Colon headed back to campus, Strickland and Arbelo stayed behind to have sex, police said.

His body was discovered three days later by his brothers, who had desperately searched for him after he was reported missing. They first saw two feet in a burned area and called police, who extricated the body.


Investigators believe the school bullies slaughtered Guardado over a debt he owed to Arbelo, who is a suspected drug dealer on the Homestead campus. The pair were roommates, NBC Miami reported.


Arbelo, Lucas and Colon confessed on video to the killings, but Strickland was not so cooperative, police said.

She shoved and head-butted a detective before getting shackled in the interview room, police said.


The Job Corps school and vocational program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, houses at-risk students between the ages of 16 and 24 at 125 campuses across the country.