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"Life goes on, it doesn't ever wait.

So keep up with the business and don't be late

Open your eyes, this aint no fuckin game.

Cause at some point? Everybody goes away.."




 Josue Zelaya
Josue Zelaya was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador on August 26, 1979 as the middle child of Eduardo and Maria Zelaya's four children. The Zelaya family were working class and inhabited the poorest neighborhoods of Santa Ana. The Zelayas grew up and lived during the especially violent years of the Salvadoran Civil War, during which Santa Ana was directly impacted. Most of the Zelayas fled Santa Ana during the war or were forcibly removed from the city by the military during the sporadic fighting. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, many members of Josue's immediate & extended families fled El Salvador for Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and the United States.


Those who were unable to flee the country were either conscripted into the Salvadoran Army or were forcibly re-located to the slums of San Salvador by the military. Josue Zelaya's family currently resides in El Salvador, Mexico and the United States. The majority of his family who fled El Salvador returned to the country after the Salvadoran Civil War ended in 1992. Some have remained in Mexico City, Mexico and along the American Pacific. Since 2008, a number of his 3rd to 5th cousins have legally immigrated to the United States and now live in the American Northeast. In particular, he has several cousins who live in the New York City Metropolitan Area.

Early life
Josue's father Eduardo Zelaya, a White Salvadoran of Italian, Spanish and French descent, was a concrete mason who got conscripted into the Salvadoran Army only five months after Josue was born. His father fought against Communist insurgents in Northwest El Salvador for several years and only sporadically returned to visit his family in Santa Ana. His father was twice wounded by direct enemy fire during the Salvadoran Civil War. Josue's mother was repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped by local criminals around their Santa Ana neighbourhood. Her husband was away in the fighting, Josue and his siblings also thankfully weren't home when the sexual assault took place and were instead roaming the war ravaged streets.

In 1988, Eduardo Zelaya was discharged from the Salvadoran Army after 6 years of service. He had spent the majority of the war fighting guerrillas in rural mountainous areas as a tank crewman. He suffered from a significant amount of post-traumatic stress. He heavily drank and physically abused his family as a coping mechanism. As the Salvadoran Civil War drew to a close meanwhile, his children including Josue freely roamed in Santa Ana's urban streets together. They did this in order to escape the abusive environment within their abnormal family. They were heavily involved with criminal mischief and petty crimes such as shoplifting, thefts and robberies as teenagers. Their attended schools experienced frequent closures due to local security threats, so the children missed out on several years of education while growing up. Josue's only sister, Luisa had resorted to selling drugs in the street in order to generate an income for the family. She was only 11 years old when she started working for a neighbourhood gang.

In 1989, Josue's eldest brother Diego Zelaya informed his family that he was leaving for the United States. His plan was to find employment on seasonal farms in the Midwest so that he could send money back to his family. Additionally, he entertained the idea of obtaining permanent residency and attending university in Chicago. He told his family of his plans only a week before his sudden departure. At the age of 17, he departed El Salvador and was never seen by his family again. Given how his final correspondence came in the form of a phone call from Monterrey, Mexico his family believes that he died there before reaching the US.

In 1991, Eduardo Zelaya re-located his family to the United States from Santa Ana, El Salvador. He informed the US immigration authorities that his family were refugees fleeing the Salvadoran Civil War. Even though the war was starting to come to an end back in El Salvador, US immigration authorities reluctantly and quietly admitted his family into the country. This was due to the sheer processing difficulties that they had faced from the Central American migrant crisis throughout past years. Earlier in the year, Maria Zelaya died from a bathtub drowning. It was suspected by neighbours and Santa Ana police that Eduardo had killed her in the bathtub by holding her underneath the water. However, this was never proven and the police weren't willing to thoroughly investigate the death. Her death was officially recorded as an accident by the Santa Ana coroner's office. Eduardo settled in Los Santos, San Andreas with his 3 remaining children.

Eduardo invited a sister and brother to the United States shortly after arriving; both siblings made the journey, but took different land routes. Similar to his son Eduardo, his brother Alejandro was never seen again after departing El Salvador. His last known location was self-reported as being in San Benito, Guatemala through a public payphone call to Los Santos, San Andreas. Alejandro had hinted to Eduardo that he had "ran into trouble" with a local criminal gang, who had attempted to forcibly confine him to the backroom of a restaurant while demanding money. The family assumed that Alejandro was eventually murdered by this criminal element.

Life in the United States
Josue and his siblings grew up in the Little Seoul neighborhood of Los Santos, which at the time was going through a significant demographic shift. Once a prominent Korean American area of Los Santos, the neighborhood was populated by a significant minority of Latino Americans by 1993. Therefore, many of Josue's childhood friends in the United States were Central American migrant children and Korean American street kids. The Zelayas school attendance during junior high school & high school was harshly enforced by their father Eduardo and aunt Angela. Eduardo particularly valued formal education, as access to the service was often impossible while living in wartime El Salvador. The siblings were threatened with physical abuse if they got caught not attending school by their father and aunt. Whenever it could be proven that the siblings had skipped school, they were physically attacked with household objects at home as punishment. Eduardo had whipped his children's hands with a belt and had burned cigarettes out onto their wrists as a consequence for missing school.

Josue and his siblings were harshly bullied at their attended schools for their inability to speak English right away. Many of their bullies were Mexican Americans, who were only able to speak English. Being bullied by Mexican Americans caused Josue to experience a misplaced anger and hatred towards the Chicano sub-culture. These strong emotions were especially extended to Chicano criminal gangs such as the Sureños and 18th Street gang. During his final year of junior high school in 1992, Josue was jumped by members of the 18th Street gang while leaving his school grounds in Little Seoul. His backpack was stolen, with the contents being dumped down a curbside sewer drain. Upon returning home, his father entirely blamed him for the incident and he was physically beaten with a frying pan as punishment for not bringing his school books back home.

As a 13 year old, Josue was strongly influenced by his older cousin Manuel Zelaya, who was a drug addicted former child soldier of the Salvadoran Army. Manuel regularly bragged to Josue about brutalizing innocent populations of indigenous villagers during the Salvadoran Civil War, who his military commanders formally accused of being Communist guerrillas at the time. He had kept numerous souvenirs from the war, including several Polaroid pictures of mutilated bodies and the limbs from some of his victims. He had kept hands and fingers preserved in alcohol-filled jars at his housing project in Little Seoul, claiming that they were his personal victims of the genocide. At the time, Manuel was working as a railyard laborer in Los Santos and was affiliated with Mara Salvatrucha in the street. Through their close relationship, Manuel was able to introduce Josue into the gang during the mid 1990s. Josue's brother and sister, however, remained uninvolved with the gang and instead became independent street criminals.


Joining Mara Salvatrucha
Josue was 16 years old in 1995 when he was initiated into the Mara Salvatrucha gang in Los Santos. This came after he spent years selling drugs and guns for the gang in the streets, and assisting local pimps with procuring prostitutes. He proved himself to the gang by murdering a member of a rival gang, the Playboy Sureños, by shooting him to death during a walk-up shooting. The rival gang member in question was only 14 years old and had been recently initiated into the gang himself. At the time of his gang initiation, he barely spent any time at home with his father anymore. His father was furious that he had broken away from the family home in order to join a criminal gang. His high school attendance was very low during the 1999 - 2000 school year, with him only attending 56 days out of the 180 day long year.

In 1998, his father drunkenly admitted to killing Josue's mother in the home bathtub when the family were still living in El Salvador. This admission happened during a night of passive drinking inside of Eduardo's apartment in Little Seoul. A week later, Eduardo Zelaya was physically beaten and brutalized by Josue and a number of his fellow gang members. Eduardo had claimed that he came home from a bar one night, and while his mother was bathing, started an argument that ended with him holding her under the water. Josue threatened his father with death if he failed to vacate the entire state of San Andreas. Another week passed, and the Zelaya family home in Little Seoul was entirely vacant. To this day, Eduardo Zelaya's whereabouts in the United States are unknown.

Josue failed high school during Grade 12. He was expelled from Syngman Rhee Memorial High School in Little Seoul for truancy, as he had only attended 38 days of the 1997 - 1998 school year. He was on the senior football team for half of the playing season, where he played as a linebacker. However, due to his poor attendance and abysmal academic achievement, he was cut from the team halfway through the season. While actively gangbanging in the streets, he worked a series of low-paying manual labor jobs. These included working inside of warehouses and at construction sites around South Los Santos. He was fired or laid off at all of these jobs for failing to show up and for poor effort at work. The longest period of legitimate employment that he experienced in his late teens was for 7 months, at a Jetsam Terminal warehouse at the Port of Los Santos. He was fired after he verbally threatened his manager with physical violence during an argument about his workplace performance.

Widowed husband and state prison
During the late 1990's and early 2000's, Josue was an active member of Mara Salvatrucha in Los Santos. He was involved with the gang in both Little Seoul and East Vinewood. His workforce participation was spotty, as he was regularly fired and laid off from all of his legitimate jobs. He did not possess a high school diploma and was not working towards obtaining a GED. His siblings were also involved in numerous crimes, although they were not affiliated with Mara Salvatrucha at any point.


At the time of his 2008 apprehension for the homicide of Steven and Alexandra Tessier, he was one of the gang's shotcallers. He controlled the gang's narcotics production and distribution activities around the western halves of Los Santos. The Los Santos police had documented his role within the gang by 2002. He was married to Xiomara 'The Zombie' Coreas, a fellow Mara Salvatrucha member. The duo's three children, named Raissa Zelaya, Uriel Zelaya and Siria Coreas respectively were re-located to Texas after Xiomara was killed by the Los Santos police during a gunfight with the Los Santos police in 2008.

With his wife's death at the hands of the Los Santos police in 2008, Josue embarked on a series of violent crimes around East Vinewood in the weeks following. These crimes started when he arrived at the scene of his wife's death and stood in the street, screaming violent threats towards the police officers who shot his wife to death. He left the scene after being threatened with arrest and criminal charges if he didn't vacate the area. He was responsible for a number of violent armed assaults and robberies around East Vinewood; he particularly targeted unarmed civilians, shopkeepers and rival gang members. His spree of violent crimes culminated with killing Steven and Alexandra Tessier, two professionals who recently arrived in Los Santos from Chicago in order to start careers as business people. They had been hacked to death in their Mirror Park home's kitchen after Josue barged in the back door. Their pet dog was grazed by the blade after it tried to defend its owners from their deaths. The couple's dog survived after receiving emergency care at a nearby veterinary hospital. He had mistaken the couple for criminals who had ripped off his paternal cousin, Melvin Bueso, several months earlier. He had acted on an incorrect address that was mistakenly provided to him by another shotcaller of the gang.

Josue was convicted of his homicides at a state criminal court in 2013. His sentence was for life in prison, without the possibility of parole in 20 years. He has so far spent his sentence at numerous state prisons around San Andreas and also in numerous nearby states such as Texas and Arizona, These prisons have notably included the Bollingbroke Penitentiary and the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. He has been an affiliate of the Southside Car for several years and in the late 2010s, he was appointed the regional leader of Mara Salvatrucha. Under his leadership, he has control of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang criminal organization along the American Pacific and in states that neighbour San Andreas such as Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Texas from behind bars. This came to be after he was voted in to the Mara Salvatrucha gang in San Andreas' higher leadership by Mara Salvatrucha veterans hiding from authorities in Tecate, Baja San Andreas.


Bandit Zelaya is also reportedly connected to the Mara Salvatrucha's '503 Faction' due to ties that he inherited from his late wife Xiomara 'Zombie' Coreas. and also through his ties to Central America,  The Mara Salvatrucha's 503 Program is a sub-faction of the Mara Salvatrucha that carries a great pride in upholding the values of Salvadoran Nationalism and adherence to MS-13's more violent roots. They are alleged to operate in Central America, Honduras, parts of Mexico to a much lesser extent along with the American states of Texas and San Andreas, where they're reportedly absorbed into MS-13 cliques located in America. 


Josue Zelaya is currently housed on the Level 4 yard of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. If he is ever released from prison, then he will likely be spending the remainder of his life on parole.

This thread will document the life, development and exploits of my character Josue Zelaya a/k/a Lil Bandit as he operates in the San Andreas prison system as an active MS-13 gang veteran.

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