A reputed Mexican street gang member from Yonkers admitted in court today to killing a 23-year-old construction laborer last year, in a brazen midday attack in Yonkers’ busy New Main Street business district.
Edgar N. Marin, 19, (left) pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter, a felony, and to charges of first-degree gang assault and fourth-degree weapon possession in the May 17 slaying of German Medina-Vazquez.
Police said Medina-Vazquez was a victim of gang rivalry. Marin is an alleged member of the Vatos Locos street gang, while the victim was a member of a rival Mexican street gang, Tulocos or TLC.
Two othe young men from Yonkers charged as accomplices in the fatal stabbing already pleaded guilty to their role in the attack. Both are reputed members of the Vatos Locos Mexican street gang.
Axel Vazquez, 17, (far left, in red) and Jorge Calixto, 20, (left, in white) pleaded to a reduced charge of second-degree gang assault and agreed to serve 3 1/2 years in prison. Vazquez is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday; Calixto’s sentencing is set for Feb. 10.
Detectives said the three suspects attacked Medina- Vazquez and beat him before Marin fatally stabbed him in the 200 block of New Main Street.
Police said Medina-Vazquez had been involved in a fight with Marin a few weeks before his murder, when Medina-Vazquez hit Marin in the head with a pipe. The homicide was revenge for that assault, which was never reported to authorities.
Medina-Vazquez, nicknamed “Barajas” for his native city in central Mexico, worked for a New York City construction company where his employer described him as an excellent worker. He had lived in Yonkers for two years, after moving there from South Florida, where he had worked installing wallboard.
His mother still lives in Barajas and his body was returned to Mexico, through the Mexican Consulate, for burial, police said.