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Gang members face federal charges for death of South Austin teen

Three gang members are facing federal charges in connection to the murder of Darian Longoria. (Photo courtesy: Guillerma Longoria)

Three gang members are facing federal charges in connection to the murder of a South Austin teenager.

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Richard Ortega, 22, Orlando Arroyo, 21, and Brian Aguayo, 20, planned to kidnap, shoot and kill Darian Longoria in December of 2015.

The 16-year-old's body was discovered in January last year along Onion Creek in the 5000 block of Bonneville Bend.

CBS Austin spoke with Darian's mom last year. She said all she wanted was answers. "I deserve that. I have that right to know what happened to my son. It's my son, it's my child, it's my baby," Guillerma Longoria said.

All three men who face charges are members of the "Dove Springs Gangsters." Investigators say the men thought Darian was involved in drug robberies.

The three men are currently in federal custody. Jury selection for their trial is scheduled for December 4.

Each is charged with one count of murder in aid of racketeering, one count of kidnapping in aid of racketeering and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering. Ortega and Arroyo are also charged with discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and possession/use/carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence resulting in murder.

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