Miguel Salazar is one of two suspects charged in the December murder of 18-year-old Malcolm Mency, a teen father who was shot to death walking home from work. Mency's sister has been monitoring Salazar's Facebook page, and noticed a recent post claiming to be from Salazar himself, who has been in jail since December. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.
Miguel Salazar and Andre Goto were charged with murder Wednesday in the December shooting death of 18-year-old Malcolm Mency, a teen father who was killed when walking home from his job at Sonic Drive-In in Duarte.
Since Mency’s death, his sister Dalisa Cline has been keeping tabs on Salazar’s supposed Facebook page - a page where Salazar allegedly claimed responsibility for Mency’s killing on the night of the murder.
“(He put up a post) bragging about my brother’s murder, and then he took the post right down,” Cline said.
Salazar and Goto have been in jail since December on other charges, but Wednesday, Cline came across another Facebook post on Salazar’s page.
“Says ‘It’s me Miguel, message your addresses,’” Cline said. “That’s wack, that’s not right. They need to put a stop to that.”
Prisoners are not allowed to have cell phones in jail.
“Inmates are not allowed to have a cell phone so in order to make sure he didn’t have one, we searched,” Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. Capt. Mike Parker said.
Prior to the murder, Salazar used Facebook and Instagram frequently. Last year, he tagged himself at the jail and posted a photo of himself visiting a prisoner. He had also posted photos depicting violence against blacks.
It’s possible that someone on the outside could be posting on Salazar’s behalf. Regardless of who is posting, the updates are hard on Cline, who is still mourning her brother’s death.
“I’ll never get my brother back and I have to look at things like this like – that hurts,” Cline said.
Mency’s family told NBC4 in December that he was not in a gang and did not have any enemies. They said he graduated high school two years early, was working two jobs and planned to go to college and enter the medical field.
Mency’s child was 3 weeks old when Mency was killed.