Reyes was among those at City Hall who expressed shock at the federal indictments that were part of an investigation into the MS-13 street gang. The councilman, whose district extends from Highland Park to MacArthur Park, told the LA Times his office gave Homies Unidos $5,000 in 2007 for a youth soccer program.
"The organization filled a void and addressed the needs of youngsters," Reyes told The Times. "We are all disappointed to see this kind of occurrence amid all these challenges. My heart goes out to the kids and families that worked with him in the past.”
Federal prosecutors must still prove their case against Sanchez and the others who were indicted. It's not clear what this all means for Homies Unidos and its programs.