Hells Angels Shooting Kills Mongols Member, Family Says He 'Knew The Risk'

Patrick Frye

This past weekend the Hells Angels and Mongols were involved in a highway shootout in California which left one person named Frankie Varela dead. But family members are already saying that Frankie knew the risk when it came to being part of a biker gang.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, another Hells Angels shooting case was reopened and seven member of the motorcycle club are being charged with aggravated battery, armed robbery and the kidnapping of an 11-year-old victim. But a fearsome Hells Angels biker with horns on his head named Caius Veiovis was sentenced by a jury for the killing and dismemberment of witnesses who were attempting to testify against another Hells Angels member.

Unfortunately, a more recent Hells Angels shooting case apparently occurred a week ago, September 20. A California shooting at the Interstate 15's El Cerrito Road off-ramp near Corona in Riverside County left one Mongols member dead and two other Mongols members injured. It's believed the Mongols and Hells Angels were shooting at each other and authorities are still seeking information on the case.

The Mongols motorcycle club was formed in the late 1960's by Hispanics whom the Hells Angels refused membership. The group is alleged to be involved in crimes such as robbery, illicit drugs and illegal firearms. Frankie Varela was a U.S. Navy firefighter for four years and even served as a correctional officer. Although Varela maintained a 4.0 grade-point average in his studies for becoming a medical assistant, his love of his Harley Davidson motorcycle apparently led him to join the Mongols, whose membership included multiple friends from Frankie's youth.

According to Miguel Uc, who attended high school wit Varela, the Mongols member actually steered him away from the "wrong people." But Uc admits Varela knew the risk of being associated with the Mongols.

"He knew the risk," said Miguel. "He understood the consequences that came with it. … It wasn't about being an outlaw. It was about riding motorcycles and being a part of a brotherhood."

Valerie Lopez, Frankie's older sister, says the Mongols biker was the leader and protector.

"I was the big sister, but (it was like) I was the little sister," said Lopez. "I was always taken care of. I was known as Frankie's sister. My brothers, they were known as Frankie's baby brothers."

Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Manning said they are not ready to say it was the Hells Angels who fired the shots and no one has been arrested yet.