Police believe they were victims of teh MS-13 gang.
Sini said the the department, in partnership with Suffolk County Crime Stoppers, is posting a $25,000 "fast cash reward" for any information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrator or perpetrators of the murders. 'This is a long-term war and make no mistake about it - it's a war.
Victims include 18-year-old Jorge Tigre, whose family says had been friends with the gang members but attempted to stay away from them after the gang orchestrated a fatal machete attack in September. The police commissioner told the press the manner in which the young men were killed is consistent with the methods typically associated with the MS-13 gang.
Brentwood and Central Islip are neighboring communities comprised of large populations of working class Hispanic and other minorities, located about 2.5 miles apart.
Family members of Tigre and Llivicura said that police had confirmed that their sons were dead. No arrests have been made since the bodies were found, the Daily News reported.
Police have identified the four young people found killed in a suspected gang killing in suburban NY.
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The MS-13 gang, also called Mara Salvatrucha, is believed to have been founded as a neighborhood street gang in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s by immigrants fleeing a civil war in El Salvador. "He just said, 'I saw your brother dying, and I escaped.' That's the only thing he said".
All four suffered "significant trauma", and were killed in the past "few days" with a sharp or edged instrument, police said.
The FBI is helping in Suffolk, but the feds have been on the case as MS-13's tentacles spread across the nation. The teen's mutilated body was discovered with three other victims, identified by relatives at 16-year-old Justin Llivicura, 18-year-old Michael Banageas and his cousin, 18-year-old Jefferson Villalobos. Mickens tried to fight off the kidnappers and both of the teenage girls were killed. "I don't know if this is my son or not".
The discovery comes six weeks after a group of MS-13 gang members were indicted for the murder of two teenagers and a fellow gang member in nearby Brentwood, according to the news site. Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 "fast cash" reward-paid within 72 hours-for information leading to an arrest in the case, which police are investigating jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
It's now a major worldwide criminal enterprise with tens of thousands of members in several Central American countries and many US states.
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