A federal trial is beginning for two alleged MS-13 gang members accused in a fatal triple shooting in Daly City in 2009.
Prosecutors say Luis “Killer” Herrera and Danilo “Triste” Velasquez were members of San Francisco’s notorious 20th Street MS-13 clique, which has been accused of multiple murders and other acts of violence.
Herrera and Velasquez were arrested nearly five months after the Feb. 19, 2009, slaying of 21-year-old Moises Frias.
Frias and three other men were in a car stopped on John Daly Boulevard near the BART station when two men got out of another car and opened fire, police and prosecutors said.
Frias, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission worker, was killed and two others injured in what police have called a case of mistaken identity.
Police said Herrera and Velasquez were out hunting for the gang’s archrivals, the Norteños, when they came upon Frias’ group, who were playing loud hip-hop music and wearing Norteño red but were not gang members.
Both men are charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder, and Herrera also is charged with Frias’ murder.
Bay City News contributed to this report.