Following the murders of seven people in Long Island, including two teenage girls, 13 members of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang were indicted on Thursday in New York’s Eastern District Court.
Of the 13 men arrested in connection to murder, racketeering and conspiracy charges, 10 currently reside in the United States illegally.
The teenage girls, Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, were just two of the seven murder victims killed in the Brentwood neighborhood over a six-week span late last year.
Mickens body was discovered by authorities on Sept. 13, a day before her 16th birthday, and a day later Cuevas was also found. Both were believed to have been beaten by “swinging baseball bats and machetes”, as the two best friends were targeted by the MS-13 members who were “looking for a rival gang member to attack or kill.”
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said “Although we are keenly aware that nothing will ever undo the heartbreaking loss of Nisa and Kayla, we can take solace in the fact that their savage murderers will be held accountable.”
The girls alleged murderers include 22 year-old Alexi Saenz, 19 year-olds Selvin Chavez and Enrique Portillo and two undisclosed juveniles.
While the recent splurge in federal and local law enforcement in the area has slightly dented MS-13’s presence in the Brentwood area, Sini confirms the county’s intentions to rid the area of the Mara Salvatrucha gang.
“We have promised to eradicate MS13 from our streets and we remain fully committed to finishing the job,” said Sini. “We will continue to keep the pressure on this ruthless gang and anyone who associates with them, and we will spare no resource to accomplish our objective.”
The deaths of Sini and Mickens jolted the county into a more brash crackdown of the El Salvadorian gang affiliate, as the FBI and the county itself began to realize the decade-long horrors facing the Long Island neighborhood.
Following the deaths of Mickens and Cuevas, the county has arrested upwards of 120 MS-13 members.
H/T: NBC New York
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