NEW YORK — Four male bodies were found on Wednesday inside the Recreation Village Town Park in Central Islip and a homicide investigation is currently underway.
Suffolk County Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers said, “The victims suffered significant trauma throughout their bodies.”
CBS New York reported that detectives emerged from the woods with an evidence bag early Thursday morning after they had spent the night canvassing the scene.
Entrances to the area are still blocked off as detectives are continuing their investigation.
The New York Post reported that two of the dead have been identified by family members as George Tigre, 18, and Justin Llivicura, 17.
Tigre’s brother, William, and Llivicura’s mother both showed up at the park looking for answers.
According to the NY Post:
“Tuesday night, my brother George left home and he never came back,” said William, 21. “He was with two friends who are also missing. One was a member of MS-13,” he added, referring to his brother’s pal, Alex Ruiz.
William said he believes MS-13 — the vicious El Salvadoran gang which has a stronghold in Suffolk County — is responsible for his brother’s death.
“He called me … the friend in MS-13, he called me last night at 6:30 and told me my brother is here,” William said.
Ruiz told William that he “escaped from the car. He said he saw my brother being killed. He told me my brother was here. He gave me this address [of the park].”
William said he checked George’s computer and found messages from him that said, “I don’t want to do these things anymore. I want out.”
Frany Nova, another woman who came to the park Thursday, said she was worried about her son, William Benitez, 21, and “praying” that he wasn’t one of those killed. She said she hadn’t seen him in two days.
According to Nova, Benitez had called his sister at midnight Wednesday and said he would pick up his 4-year-old daughter, but he never showed up.
Wednesday’s killings occurred near the same area where two 16-year-old girls were beaten to death in September, and where the bodies of three teen boys were also found in the woods. Those murders were linked to MS-13 gang members and saw 8 suspects arrested in March.
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