Mara Salvatrucha aka Ms 13 is a South American street gang centered out of El Salvador. They have a major presence throughout California, especially in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. They are know for their horrific acts of violence.
The typical hanging death involves tightening of a ligature. Petechiae have been described on the oral mucosa, base of tongue, and epiglottis. Tongue protrusion between clenched teeth is a common but unspecific finding in a typical hanging death.