Bodies of 4 slain men found in park on Long Island

Police: 4 bodies in NY park are apparent homicide victims

The killings are consistent with the "modus operandi" of the MS-13 gang, and offer a "stark reminder" that the community continues to be at was with the gang, police said at an afternoon news conference. "And make no mistake about it, it's a war", Sini said.

Mickens and her friend, 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, were targeted by four MS-13 members as they walked home. The acquaintance also indicated he knew of the killings because he had been there.

The victims were found in a wooded area near a recreation center in Central Islip (EYE'-slihp).

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — Four young people found brutally slain near a soccer field in a park as part of a suspected gang killing were a 16-year-old, two 18-year-olds, including one visiting from Florida, and a 20-year-old man, police said.

He reiterated that Suffolk County detectives have been working with FBI investigators to solve the killings.

MS-13 gangs initially converged in the Los Angeles area, but they are now believed to have spread across not only the United States but into Canada as well.

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His brother told the Post he recently found messages on Tigre's computer reading, "I don't want to do these things anymore".

The victims "suffered from significant trauma throughout their body with a sharp or edged instrument", county Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. They said detectives informed them that police were investigating whether Llivicura was among the dead.

'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 on Thursday. 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.

The discovery came more than a month after 13 members of the MS-13 gang were arrested and charged in connection to the killing of two teenage girls in nearby Brentwood last September.

Police have not commented on whether the bodies found on Wednesday could be linked to the earlier murders or if the victims were teenagers or young adults. 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 grew after some members were deported to El Salvador, helping to turn that country into one of the most violent places in the world.

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