4 dead of injuries consistent with methods used by gang

One of the four young victims of a brutal quadruple murder in Long Island, New York, tried to walk away from the deadly MS-13 gang that is suspected to be behind his killing.

Sini said detectives believe the MS-13 street gang may have been responsible for their deaths.

"We know that the community is on edge", Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told reporters during a Friday evening news conference outside the Third Precinct station house in Bay Shore. 'This is a long-term war and make no mistake about it - it's a war.

He did not definitively say the killings were the work of the MS-13 gang but said the tactics - using sharp instruments and extreme violence - were consistent with the gang, which has been gaining a foothold on Long Island for years. Commissioner Sini had not yet shared with the public why and how his officers were alerted to the horrific crime scene.

The acquaintance "called saying that my brother was here, dead", Tigre, 21, said.

Parents and relatives of missing 16-year-old Justin Llivicura had gone to the park earlier in the day Thursday to talk with police officers and ask for more information on the bodies found there.

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The bodies were found just a few miles from where police say MS-13 gang members killed numerous people, including Brentwood High School students Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas previous year.

He reiterated that Suffolk County detectives have been working with FBI investigators to solve the killings. Authorities said there was significant trauma to the bodies, and the deaths appeared to have happened recently, but they did not immediately release any other details.

MS-13 gangs initially converged in the Los Angeles area, but they are now believed to have spread across not only the United States but into Canada as well.

One of the other girls, who in an online post said "we gonna get her. she's scared", and kicked Joyner-Francis while she was on the floor struggling to defend herself, also was convicted of conspiracy. Mickens tried to fight off the kidnappers and both of the teenage girls were killed.

The investigation into the deaths of Kayla Cuevas, 16, and Nisa Mickens, 15, on September 13, 2016 led to the discovery of the skeletal remains of three teenage boys in another section of Brentwood. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to arrests. It grew after some members were deported to El Salvador, helping turn that country into one of the most violent places in the world.

  • Phil Peters