Nine of the 12 suspects were rounded up in an early morning raid that lasted just 87 minutes Monday and involved 43 officers from seven agencies.
Police identified nine of the co-defendants as members of Mexican street gang Sur-13. They are Manuel "Mongo" Mora, Junior Lopez, Jorge "Borrea" Ramirez, Fabian Cortez, Rafael "Rafa" Lopez, Edwin "Burril" Romero, Cristian "Snoopy" Eumana, Orlando "Pitufo" Diaz and Stephen Andrew Daddezio.
Co-defendants James Jones, Dominic Daddezio and Kenneth Fitzsimons were identified as associates of Sur-13 members, and as having been aware of the nature of their rivalry with the victims.
The defendants are charged with murder, conspiracy and related offenses. They range in age from 16 to 20, with at least one suspect, Andrew Daddezio, identified as a student at Avon Grove High School.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, District Attorney Tom Hogan called the attacks savage and ferocious, with the 12 defendants attacking the two victims at once.
Hogan said most of the attackers had deadly weapons, including knives, while the victims were unarmed.
The attacks took place on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 3, at a party in Toughkenamon, where authorities say members of Sur-13 showed up and were asked to leave to avoid trouble with rival gang members.
Authorities identified the victims, Cuahuctemoc Bedolla and Jose Rodriguez, as members of a local street gang known as the Vikings, or "Vaqueros," an organization with an active rivalry with Sur-13.
Hogan said gang members initially left when asked but soon returned with reinforcements and attacked and killed Bedolla and Rodriguez
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