Family of Central Islip slashing victim raises money for funeral
The family of a teen killed in the apparent gang-related murders in Central Islip hosted a private fundraiser Saturday to help pay for his unexpected funeral services.
Throughout the day, family and friends filed in and out of the Jorge Tigre's home in Bellport.
The 18-year-old was one of six children in his family. His brother told News 12 that he was still "in shock" after it was discovered Tigre was one of four victims beaten and slashed to death in a park on Clayton Street last week.
"He was always a good kid, never got himself into trouble. Loved his mother and everything," said Tigre's friend Daniel Jara.
The other victims were identified as 16-year-old Justin Llivicura, and cousins Michael Banegas, 20, and Jefferson Villalobos, 18.
Tigre's family tells News 12 that he was an honor roll student who sought to distance himself from anyone at school associated with MS-13, but that the gang apparently targeted him anyway.
Police say the victims' bodies were all severely beaten and had been slashed with a sharp object, violence that is consistent with other attacks by the street gang. It comes amid a string of teen deaths blamed on MS-13 in the community over the past year.
Newsday says there will be extra security precautions taken in the South Country School District when classes resume on Monday. Tigre and Llivicura were students in the district.
Administrators are also activating a crisis team to help students at Bellport High School that is made up of counselors, psychologists and social workers.
No arrests have been made. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.