Authorities detained a 14-year-old boy on Thursday evening on suspicion of working as a drug-cartel hit man, a spokeswoman for the Mexican attorney general's office said.
While being taken into custody along with his sister, he answered questions from journalists. Here is a transcript of the news conference. Repeated questions have been omitted: (Read the full CNN.com story)
Question: How many people have you executed, friend?
Question: How old are you?
Question: Where were you detained?
Boy: There at the airport (someone off cam says: at the airport)
Question: Where were you going?
Boy: To San Diego
Question: Who were you going with?
Boy: With my sister.
Question: At what age did you start killing?
Boy: When I was 11.
Question: Are you the one that is in the video beating a person that is hung in a house?
Question: Who gave you the orders to hit them, to execute them?
Boy: 'El Negro'
Question: Where did you learn to execute, to beat?
Boy: ...(inaudible) I got high (NOTE: someone is telling him something off cam)
Question: Did you get drugged?
Boy: 'El Negro' drugged me.
Question: 'El Negro' drugged you?
Question: Since when did 'El Negro' drug you?
Boy: Since I was 12.
Question: You belong to the gang since you were 12?
Question: And you are from the CPS?
Question: How many weapons did you have?
Boy: About 6
Question: What types of weapons did you have?
Boy: 'Cuerno de chivo', 45,
Question: How did you join the gang?
Boy: In the (inaudible)
Question: Did they pick you up?
Question: Who picked you up?
Boy: 'El Negro'
Question: And he convinced you or he made you join this?
Boy: He made me.
Question: What did he tell you?
Boy: That I either work or he'll kill me.
Question: That you work in the 'mota' (pot)?
Boy: No, that either I work or he killed me.
Question: He was going to kill you? You don' t have parents?
Question: You don't have parents? You lived alone?(off camera answer no audio)
Question: Where did you live?
Boy: In Tejalpa.
Question: Tejalpa, at what age did you start to sell pot?
Boy: I never sold pot.
Question: So he took you to do what? What did you do exactly? What did you do before joined the gang?
Question: No, before joining the gang, what did you do?
Boy: I studied.
Question: Where did you study?
Boy: In the Lopez Mateo.
Question: There in the High School of the Laguna?
Question: Until what grade?
Boy: 3rd (of high school)
Question: 3rd of high school? And why did you leave?
Boy: I didn't want to study anymore.
Question: You didn't want to or your parents couldn't anymore?
Boy: I didn't want to anymore.
Question: Why didn't you want to anymore?
Boy: I didn't want to anymore, I didn't like it.
Question: Who is your maximum idol?
Boy: (makes noise, no answer)
Question: And what did 'Radilla' tell you to convince you to kill?
Boy: He would just drug me. I didn't know what I was doing?
Question: Did he drug you with pot or cocaine?
Boy: With pot.
Question: Who taught you how to use drugs?
Question: Where did you meet him?
Boy: Here in Tegalpa
Boy: He came over and I met him
Question: Who hid you lately? Did you hide, yourself, or did they help you?
Boy: I hid.
Question: You hid. Are you afraid?
Question: You're not afraid?
Boy: (He shakes his head, no)
Question: Do you know what's going to happen?
Question: Do you know that they're going to take you and judge you on federal crimes?
Question: Are you aware of that?
Boy: (nods in agreement)
Question: Your mom, your dad where are they?
Boy: I don't have.
Question: You don't have a mom or a dad?
Boy: (shakes head)
Question: Are they dead or are they dead to you?
Boy: No, they're dead
Boy: They're dead?
Question: Six brothers, but you're the only one involved in this?
Question: How many have you killed?
Question: How did you execute them?
Boy: I slit their throats
Question: Those were also intructions from 'El Negro'? He told you to do it, or you did it on your own?
Boy: No, that's what 'El Negro' told me.
Question: Is it true that they defended you so that you wouldn't be executed?
Boy: I was just taken to a house and that's it.
Question: But how? There were going to kill you there?
Boy: Yes, then they didn't want to kill me.
Question: Who defended you?
Boy: Ladilla defended you?
Question: Who was going to kill you then?
Boy: His people.
Question: But why was he going to kill you?
Boy: Well I don't know, just cause ...
Question: You had your group of friends in Tejalpa?
Question: So they just saw you and took you in.
Question: So they pick up many kids there?
Question: Only you?
Question: How many other kids are in this gang that are under 18?
Boy: Not one, all are 20
Question: None, you are the only minor?
Question: Where were you born?
Boy: San Diego, California
Question: You are from the U..S then?
Question: Your birth certificate is from the United States?
Question: How much did they pay you?
Question: Dollars or pesos?
Boy: Dollars and pesos
Question: Who paid you?
Question: Do you want to say anything else to the press? Talk to your parents via the press?
Boy: Nah, it's fine
Question: It seems like you're dissappointed with life.
Question: Do you like being in this?
Question: So then why did you get in?
Boy: I didn't get in, they took me.
Question: Do you regret it, are you sorry?
Question: What are you most sorry for?
Boy: Why did I get into this.
Question: And for killing?
Question: Are you sorry for killing?
Question: So you participated in the killings, it wasn't you, you were drugged?
Question: In most of the cases?
Question: You were always drugged? You didn't know what you were doing?
Boy: No, I didn't know
Question: You could go free because your 14, what would you do if you go free?
Boy: Go on the right path
Question: Are you sure?
Boy: Work right
Question: And what would you do?
Boy: Anything, except that.