On Wednesday, police arrested four suspects in Poveda’s
killing, including three alleged members of the street gang known as Mara
18, and a police agent assigned to the emergency phone system in a neighborhood
Another gang member, who is in prison accused of several killings, is also accused of being the mastermind of the crime. The six men will be charged with aggravated murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and illicit association, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
Salvadoran news reports say gang members may have killed Poveda because they thought he was giving police information about activities of the Mara 18 gang. The local news Web site Elfaro reported that the accused police agent told gang members that Poveda had collaborated with Salvadoran police, providing them videos and photographs of the gangs.
Poveda’s bullet-ridden body was found near his car on an isolated road in the town of
Poveda documented violence in
The documentary, “La Vida Loca,” had already been screened at international film festivals and was scheduled for wide release on September 30. It showed brutal killings, rites of initiation into gangs, and the judicial system's ineffectiveness in combating gang violence.