Anthony “Chopper” Garcia was arrested in 2008 in Los Angeles after a homicide investigator was flipping through snapshots and saw a picture of Rivera’s chest tattoos. Displayed proudly across his chest is a depiction of a 2004 liquor store murder during which Rivera shot and killed another man.
Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was gunned down, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign — all under the chilling banner of RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.
As if to seal the deal, below the collarbone of the gang member known by the alias “Chopper” was a miniature helicopter raining down bullets on the scene. (Los Angeles Times)
This week, Garcia’s cooperation in prison has led to the arrest of another man linked to a gang murder that the same investigator didn’t think would ever be solved. Now if they could only tell me what my tramp stamp means. It’s an arrow with “Entre aqui”. Damn, I love a good mystery.