There have been a numerous amount of recent headlines about the El Salvadorian street gang, MS-13. The gang has seen a huge resurgence up in the North East, with several ghastly murders of women, teens, and other crimes associated with gang violence.
This time, four teenage boys were killed in Long Island. When their bodies were found, they were dismembered, stabbed several times, and almost unrecognizable by family members.
Several family members of the victims have come forward to police and told them that gang members were harassing them. They did not want to join the gang, or participate, and the gang members kept on finding them. Many go to public schools, which is where they find more recruits.
Relatives named the deceased as 16-year-old Justin Llivicura; 18-year-old Jorge Tigre, and cousins Michael Banegas and Jefferson Villalobos, both aged 18.
The Daily Mail has reports from family members:
Tigre’s sister Monica, 20, spoke about her brother’s death to the New York Daily News telling them she thought the notorious MS-13 gang were behind it. She said: ‘He kept his distance from them… I think they set a trap for him.’
And his mom Bertha Ullaguari, 43, said that Tigre had been trying to steer clear of the crew two high school students were killed in September.
She said: ‘They’ve had been harassing him at school.
‘On Sunday, he told his uncle ‘They keep harassing me.’
Llivicura’s mother, Bianca Zhicat, told ABC 7 New York she believes her son, whom she described as a quiet, non-violent boy, also believes he might have been lured to his death on Tuesday night by a fabricated party invitation.
Family members revealed that one of Llivicura’s limbs and an ear had been chopped off, and the bodies of the other three victims were also dismembered.
The female cousin also revealed that the family learned of the killings from a mutual friend who was in the Central Islip park the night of the murders but managed to escape.
The unnamed friend allegedly told Villalobos’ relatives he was with a group of people in the park when he saw men armed with machetes emerge from the trees.
‘The gang members came out and told them to kneel down,’ said Fuentes, ‘and then he was just able to run for his life. He was the only one that made it out.’
On Friday, Villalobos and Banegas’ loved ones arrived in the park where they were slaughtered to leave bouquets of flowers and crosses in their memory.
As of this afternoon, Suffolk County police have not officially identified any of the four victims.
‘We are not releasing the date or time they were killed, but these homicides occurred within the past few days. This is one incident,’ Commissioner Tim Sini, Suffolk County Police Department said. ‘He was beaten to death. Brutally. It wasn’t like they shot him and left it. They beat him to death brutally.’