October 23, 1942 – June 22, 2018
Three MS-13 members have been indicted on charges of racketeering and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
Nelson Cruz Rodriguez Cartagena, a/k/a “Inquieto,” 24, a Salvadoran national illegally residing in Everett, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy. Cartagena, who was previously deported, was arrested on June 21 in Everett after law enforcement determined that he had reentered the United States. Cartagena was detained following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston. In a separate indictment, Nery Rodriguez Diaz, 18, and Elmer Alfaro Hercules, 19, both Salvadoran nationals, were each charged with one count of being illegal aliens in possession of firearms and ammunition.
As alleged in court documents, MS-13 is a violent, transnational criminal organization whose branches, or “cliques,” operate throughout the United States, including Massachusetts. MS-13 members are required to commit acts of violence to maintain membership and discipline within the group. Most of the MS-13 cliques in Massachusetts, including the Everett Loco Salvatrucha (ELS) clique, belonged to MS-13’s East Coast Program, and that these cliques worked both independently and cooperatively to engage in criminal activity and to assist one another in avoiding detection by law enforcement.
Cartagena is alleged to be a full member, or “homeboy,” in MS-13’s Everett Loco Salvatrucha (ELS) clique. On recorded prison calls with a detained ELS clique leader, Cartagena discussed buying guns for the Everett clique, maintaining and supervising the clique’s marijuana trafficking business, the need to collect dues from clique members, the need to send money to MS-13 leaders in El Salvador due on the 13th of each month, and reporting on the clique’s day-to-day racketeering activities.
When the clique leader began to suspect that a member of the ELS clique had cooperated with law enforcement leading to his arrest, he allegedly enlisted Cartagena’s help to ferret out the informant. Cartagena provided the true names of two young Everett clique members, and the leader concluded that one of them, Jose Aguilar Villanueva, a/k/a “Fantasma,” was the clique member responsible for his arrest. Once ELS (incorrectly) identified Villanueva as an informant, members of the Everett clique, including Cartagena, allegedly met at the clique’s “destroyer house” – a residence where clique members stored knives, machetes, marijuana, and money – and met to discuss gang business and plan the murder of Villanueva. Ultimately, on the night of July 5, 2015, two young ELS probationary members, or “chequeos,” lured Villanueva into a park in Lawrence and stabbed him to death.
Villanueva was 16-years-old.
Diaz and Hercules were charged in a separate indictment in connection with being illegal aliens in possession of firearms and ammunition. Specifically, on May 22, 2018, Diaz and Hercules were arrested in possession of loaded firearms in Bremen Street Park in East Boston, a location where numerous MS-13 gang members have been observed and where gang-on-gang violence frequently occurs. As Diaz was escorted to a waiting police cruiser to be transported for booking, Diaz allegedly shouted “La Mara! La Mara!” to a person in the park.
Diaz and Hercules each separately and unlawfully entered the United States in 2014 as unaccompanied minors. In April 2015, an immigration judge ordered Hercules deported in absentia. On May 11, 2017, Diaz was charged as a juvenile youthful offender with armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. According to incident reports, Diaz and two other men allegedly held a juvenile victim down in a wooded area in Everett and stabbed him twenty-two times. On March 18, 2018, the case against Diaz was dismissed when the victim did not appear in court.
The charge of RICO conspiracy provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The defendants also face deportation proceedings upon completion of any sentence imposed. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Marilyn “Honey” Klimarchuk
August 8, 1942 – June 28, 2018
Marilyn “Honey” Klimarchuk passed away on Thursday, June 28 at Eastpointe Nursing Center after a brief and sudden decline in health. She was 75 years old.
Born in Lynn, a beloved daughter of the late Kenneth L. and Mary A. (MacLeod) Anderson, Honey was raised in Chelsea and attended local schools. She was a devoted homemaker and single mother of four. Honey also worked for a time outside of her home to support her family. A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she resided for the past 15 years at the Margolis Apartments in Chelsea. In her lifetime, Honey lived a simple life with a big heart. She enjoyed music and was a devout Barbara Streisand fan. She was a great NE Patriots/Tom Brady fan as well. She also enjoyed her favorite TV programs; NCIS and Jeopardy.
In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by several siblings: the late Marjorie Laidlaw, Claire Spencer, Kenneth and Robert Anderson and her former husband, Alexander Klimarchuk. She is survived by her devoted children: Alexander J. “Alex” Klimarchuk, Sr. and his wife, Lorraine of Saugus, Marjorie Kur and her husband, Teddy of Chelsea, Linda Doherty and her husband, Edward P, Sr. of Peabody and Michael, formerly of Chelsea. She was the dear sister of Mary Nadworny of Tyngsboro and Patricia Beffre of Manchester, NH; cherished grandmother of Alexander J. Klimarchuk, Jr., Tiffany M. Klimarchuk, TJ Kur, Briana Kur, Dr. Edward J. Doherty, Jr. and Matthew T. Doherty and adored great-grandmother of Sophia and Mckenzie Klimarchuk and Desirae and Gavin Bowen.
Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial — Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the NE American Diabetes Foundation, 260 Cochituate Rd. #200 Framingham, MA 01701.
For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Charles ‘Charlie’ Chapman
Retired research engineer, long active in Chelsea community services
Charles E. “Charlie” Chapman entered into eternal rest on Sunday evening, July 1 at the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital in Everett. He was 94 years old.
Born in Acton, the son of the late Leon H. and Bessie L. (Smith) Chapman, Charlie was inducted into the US Navy on April 5, 1943. He served his country during World War II receiving a World War II Victory Medal, an American Ribbon, 2 Bronze Asiatic Pacific Stars and a Philippine Liberation Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged from his service on November 15, 1945.
Upon returning home from the service, Charlie received his GED, completed courses at Northeastern University and began his career as a machinist at Dewey & Almy Company in Cambridge. Over the years, his position changed to a research engineer for the chemical company, W.R. Grace in Lexington. Charlie retired in 1989.
For 74 years, Charlie has been the beloved husband of Jean E. (Hagan) Chapman. After getting married, the couple settled in Chelsea where they raised their family and where they continued to live during their retirement.
Charlie was active in the city as a Chairman of the Bellingham-Cary House in Chelsea and on the Board of Directors of the Chelsea/Revere/Winthrop Elder Care Services. He also worked as a crossing guard for the Chelsea public schools for several years. Throughout the 1950’s – 1980’s, Charlie was active as a Sea Scout Leader, a Boy Scout Leader, Troop 44 in Cambridge, a Wood Badge Trainer for Boy Scout Leaders and served as a Chairman for the Girl Scout Camp, Boston Council. He will be missed by all his family and friends.
He was the devoted father of Charles E. Chapman, Jr. and his wife, Patricia “Casey” of Stoneham, Nancy E. Donoghue and her husband, Geoffrey of Shrewsbury; dear brother of Dorothy Fitts of Arizona, Leon Chapman of Alaska and the late Paul and Joseph Chapman; brother-in-law of the late Ralph Fitts and cherished grandfather of Brendan C. Donoghue of Lowell and Nora K. Donoghue of Florida.
Funeral services will be conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Charlie’s visiting hours will be held in the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will conclude with interment with US Navy military honors at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.