Maryland mother calls for maximum sentence for teen MS-13 gang member accused of her daughter’s murder

Maryland mother calls for maximum sentence for teen MS-13 gang member accused of her daughter’s murder

A Maryland mother spoke Monday about the murder of her daughter, Kayla Hamilton, who was killed in July 2022. After months without a suspect in custody, authorities announced the arrest of an unidentified 17-year-old in connection with Hamilton’s death.

The 17-year-old was arrested for allegedly strangling Hamilton to death. He was in the country illegally and is a suspected member of the MS-13 gang.

Tammy Nobles remembered her daughter as a “good-hearted and very loving girl.” She explained on “Fox & Friends” that Hamilton, a 20-year-old with autism, only saw the good in everyone, which also raised concerns.

“She was very confident, too confident. And she couldn’t see the danger at all,” she told host Brian Kilmeade.

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Kayla Hamilton police handout.

Kayla Hamilton police handout.
(Aberdeen Police Department)

Nobles told WMAR-TV in Baltimore that he was surprised to learn the suspect was a teenager.

“I couldn’t believe a teenager could do this,” he said.

The suspect was charged with first degree murder, as well as rape and robbery. Nobles told CBS News that he feels responsible because he failed to keep his daughter safe.

He explained to Kilmeade the difficulty of processing his daughter’s death.

“Not only do we have to process her loss, but we also have to process what happened to her,” Nobles said Monday.

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LANGLEY PARK, MD - APRIL 20: Armed police from the Prince George's County Gang Unit in Maryland question and detain a confirmed Mara Salvatrucha 13, or MS-13, gang member on April 20, 2006 in Langley Park, Maryland.  The confirmed MS-13 gang member's tattoos were photographed for the police database.

LANGLEY PARK, MD – APRIL 20: Armed police from the Prince George’s County Gang Unit in Maryland question and detain a confirmed Mara Salvatrucha 13, or MS-13, gang member on April 20, 2006 in Langley Park, Maryland. The confirmed MS-13 gang member’s tattoos were photographed for the police database.
(Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Nobles said he hopes the suspect in custody receives the maximum possible sentence. He agreed with Kilmeade that he should not be given the “juvenile treatment”.

“I feel like he’s done this at such a young age that you don’t know what he’s capable of as an adult,” he said.

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Nobles said she wouldn’t want any other parent to go through what she has, but expressed gratitude for the work that went into finding and arresting the suspect.

“I just want the detective and everyone who worked on his case to say thank you for working so hard on his case and stopping the person who did this to him,” she said.

Kilmeade said the system failed the family “every step of the way” and that the suspect should never have been in the United States in the first place.

“I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know how she got here or how he ended up being in the same area as her,” Nobles said.

Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.

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