On Monday, the FBI confirmed that multiple arrests have been made after four young men were brutally murdered at a Central Islip park in April by MS-13 gang members.
The suspects, Alexis Hernandez, Santis Leonel Ortiz-Flores and Omar Antonio Villata were each charged with one count of murder and taken into custody by the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force and police.
The victims killed by the three men were identified as 16-year-old Justin Llivicura of East Patchogue; 20-year-old Michael Banegas of Brentwood; 18-year-old Jorge Tigre of Bellport; and 18-year-old Jefferson Villalobos of Pompano Beach, Fla.
The bodies were discovered just a few miles from where police say MS-13 gang members have killed multiple people, including Brentwood High School students Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas last year. Thirteen MS-13 members have been charged in connection to seven murders in Brentwood over the past few years.
The motive behind the killings of the four men are unknown, but the murders confirm that deadly MS-13 activity in Suffolk County is increasing.
This rampage grabbed the attention of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who visited Central Islip in April and sent a clear message to MS-13 gang members:
“MS-13’s motto is [to] kill, rape, and control. Our motto is going to be justice for victims and consequences for criminals. I have a message to the gangs that are targeting our young people: We are targeting you. We are coming after you.”
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