Friday, May 15, 2009

El Recio

Details of a tattoo on the chest of "El Recio" (tough or hard guy in Spanish), 29, a former leader of the Mara Salvatrucha or M -13 gang in Honduras, is seen during a photo session at Comayagua jail, February 3, 2008. As a leader in prison, he has tattoos on his face and other visible body parts indicating rank in the gang and respect on the streets. El Recio has been in and out of jail since he was 12 and claims to have committed 14 murders. He is currently serving a sentence for various crimes including murder, extortion and drug trafficking. The tattoo includes the word "Coronado" (crowned in Spanish) which indicates he is a leader and the sentence "in memory of my homies" and their tombstones. Picture taken February 3, 2008.

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