Homicide

Family mourns after what police describe as teen's machete slaying in woods in South Florida

  • This undated photo made available by the Miami-Dade Corrections Dept., shows Christian Colon, one of four South Florida vocational school students that have been charged with second-degree murder after their classmate, Jose Amaya Guardado, 17, was attacked with a machete and left to die in a shallow grave near the school, according to an arrest report. The suspects were students at Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Miami-Dade Corrections Dept. via AP)

    This undated photo made available by the Miami-Dade Corrections Dept., shows Christian Colon, one of four South Florida vocational school students that have been charged with second-degree murder after their classmate, Jose Amaya Guardado, 17, was attacked with a machete and left to die in a shallow grave near the school, according to an arrest report. The suspects were students at Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Miami-Dade Corrections Dept. via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo made available by the Miami-Dade Corrections Dept., shows Desiray Strickland, one of four South Florida vocational school students that have been charged with second-degree murder after their classmate, Jose Amaya Guardado, 17, was attacked with a machete and left to die in a shallow grave near the school, according to an arrest report. The suspects were students at Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Miami-Dade Corrections Dept. via AP)

    This undated photo made available by the Miami-Dade Corrections Dept., shows Desiray Strickland, one of four South Florida vocational school students that have been charged with second-degree murder after their classmate, Jose Amaya Guardado, 17, was attacked with a machete and left to die in a shallow grave near the school, according to an arrest report. The suspects were students at Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Miami-Dade Corrections Dept. via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo made available by the Miami-Dade Corrections Dept., shows Kaheem Arbelo, one of four South Florida vocational school students that have been charged with second-degree murder after their classmate, Jose Amaya Guardado, 17, was attacked with a machete and left to die in a shallow grave near the school, according to an arrest report. The suspects were students at Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Miami-Dade Corrections Dept. via AP)

    This undated photo made available by the Miami-Dade Corrections Dept., shows Kaheem Arbelo, one of four South Florida vocational school students that have been charged with second-degree murder after their classmate, Jose Amaya Guardado, 17, was attacked with a machete and left to die in a shallow grave near the school, according to an arrest report. The suspects were students at Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Miami-Dade Corrections Dept. via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Jose Amaya Guardado's mother said she brought her son to the United States nine years ago to escape the violence of their native El Salvador. Now his family is mourning his death in what police describe as a brutal machete attack.

Lucia Guardado said Friday she never imagined something like this this could happen in the United States.

Miami-Dade police have charged four of Amaya Guardado's classmates with second-degree murder.

An arrest report says the suspects reportedly lured the 17-year-old to a wooded area near Homestead Job Corps, a live-in school and vocational training program for at-risk students run by the U.S. Department of Labor.

That's where Amaya Guardado was hacked to death with a machete, authorities say, his body found days after he went missing June 28.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com