Police ID 4 found slain in park in suspected gang killing

People with missing family members arrive at a Central Islip park where four unidentified male bodies were found

The bodies were found in a park near Lowell Avenue and Clayton Street in Central Islip, authorities said.

The bodies were found in Recreation Village Park, near soccer fields.

All four of the men were murdered with a "sharp or edged instrument". Jorge Tigre's family said the 18-year-old victim became a target of the gang after the September machete killings of two high school classmates. "He was beaten to death".

The bodies of four men, all described as having suffered "significant trauma", were discovered in a park in a suburban NY neighborhood that has for years contended with a growing problem of gang violence.

"Today marks the beginning of healing for the families and the community", Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini told Fox News at the time.

"This is a long-term war and make no mistake about it it's a war", Sini told reporters, announcing a $25,000 reward for information about the killings.

MS-13, also known as La Mara Salvatrucha, is one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States, with more than 6,000 members in at least 46 states and the District of Columbia, the US Attorney's Office said.

He identified the four people found Wednesday as Jefferson Villalobos, 18, of Pompano, Florida; Michael Lopez Banegas, 20, of Brentwood; Jorge Tigre, 18, of Bellport; and Justin Llivicura, 16, of East Patchogue.




The parents of Llivicura told Newsday that their son's girlfriend received a video of the victims' bodies left in the park.

However, Sini said authorities are not ruling out any possibilities.

He did not return a telephone call seeking comment after police confirmed his brother was among the victims.

Prosecutors said that in an online group chat the day before the attack, Joyner-Francis offered advice to one of her friends about a problem involving a boy, telling her friend to "just be careful". "So they called his phone multiple times".

After all, MS-13 - notorious for its elaborate tattoos and its unremitting violence - has perhaps 70,000 members all told.

Four members were arrested last month in connection to a recent spree of teenage killings in the Brentwood area in 2016, according to police. Mickens tried to fight off the kidnappers and both of the teenage girls were killed. They're all suspected to be at the hands of the MS-13 street gang, police said.

Emergency vehicles are parked near the site where four bodies were discovered in Central Islip, N.Y., Thursday, April 13, 2017.

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