"Salvadoran law forbids publishing the names of underage victims of violence, so the boys found in the mass grave were identified by first and middle name only: Kevin Alexis, 15; Jonathan Alexander, 16; Jose Roberto,16; Fernando Alexander, 18; and Jonathan B, 18.
The latter two were brothers and were last seen leaving the Union Centroamericana School in the afternoon in a crowded area of the Santa Tecla neighborhood, on the western outskirts of the capital, officials say.
The multiple stab wounds on their hands and arms suggest they tried to defend themselves, said Jose Miguel Fortin, director of the Institute of Legal Medicine.
The autopsy also determined that the victims had suffered blows to their necks, heads and bodies, the official said.
'I never thought my son would end up this way,' wept a mother, as she sat next to the mass grave on a low hill. 'I had big plans for my son, he was going to study and have a better life. I never had problems, he was a good kid.'
She refused to give her name for fear of reprisals from the gang.
'I don't understand these people,' she said. 'They are savages.'
Images above Giles/Getty via UK Daily Mail and VICE.com, "Prison Pit"
Comment: The El Salvadoran government treats humans like animals so that's what they become.