The bodies of three missing teenagers that were found on Long Island in New York and designated as murdered have now been linked to MS-13.
On Tuesday, the FBI released the names of the teens associated with the remains they found:
- Javier Castillo, 16, found in Freeport
- Angel Soler, 16, found in Roosevelt
- Kerin Pineda, 19, found in Merrick
According to PIX11: “A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said all three are suspected victims of MS-13 gang violence. The official was not authorized to speak publicly because of an ongoing investigation.”
According to the source, the deaths may have been the results of separate incidents or events, although members of MS-13 are thought to have been involved in each murder.
As police in Nassau and Suffolk counties crack down on the gang and make dozens of arrests of suspected MS-13 gang members, the gang’s activity in the area has garnered the attention of President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump and Sessions have both visited Long Island in recent months, promising federal action against MS-13. Suspects are being prosecuted by federal authorities, as many are said to be in the country illegally.
Lillian Oliva, Pineda’s mom, was devastated by the news that her son had died. She said her other children are afraid and that MS-13 gangs are in the high school that her son attended. She said he was lured to the park by a woman.
“It’s very bad,” she told Newsday. “I can’t believe this happened.”
Oliva says that her son was assaulted by MS-13 members for wearing black and white Nike sneakers to Freeport High School.
An attorney for Castillo’s family reported that he had been bullied by gang members at his school, Central Islip High School, sometime before he disappeared, according to News 12.
Federal prosecutes believe MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, has thousands of members across the United States. They are primarily immigrants from Central America.
If officially attributed to the gang, the three slayings will bring the Long Island’s death toll at the hands of MS-13 violence to 25 in the last two years, officials said.
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FBI: Long Island bodies are missing teens. Suspected MS13 victims. https://t.co/vkkvMDOaiP
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