Central Islip killings are latest in wave of violence
The discovery of four young men inside a Central Islip park Wednesday night is part of a wave of violence that has terrorized both Central Islip and Brentwood.
Erica Boynton, of Brentwood, says she was heartbroken to learn that the deceased, all under the age of 21, were found killed in a manner that officials say is consistent with gang activity. Her 15-year-old son was murdered by MS-13 in Brentwood more than seven years ago.
"It brings me back to the day I got the knock on the door to let me know that my son was shot," says Boynton.
Whitney Reyes, of Deer Park, says gang violence is something she worries about all the time. Her biggest concern is her little brother.
"I always tell him to do the right thing and hang out with the right people, not the wrong crowd," she told News 12.
Brian Vasquez, a senior at Central Islip High School, says teachers and administrators have been cracking down on any suspected gang activity. Outside of school is a different story.
"It's just a matter of watching out for yourself," says Vasquez.
Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini says progress has been made in the gang crackdown, but "today is a stark reminder that we are in the midst of a war."
Residents like Peter Britto, of Central Islip, fear that war is far from over.
"I'm not surprised and I wouldn't be surprised if there were more bodies," he says.