FBI, police eye connection to MS-13 after discovery of 4 bodies in Central Islip park
Police in Suffolk County are working closely with the FBI after the discovery of four male bodies in a Central Islip park Wednesday night.
During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini said the manners of death were consistent with others connected to MS-13, but investigators are not ruling out other possibilities.
"There's no question that MS-13 still exists in Suffolk County," Sini said. "They are engaging in acts of violence. If this is MS-13, this is clearly an example of that."
The victims were found near Lowell Avenue and Clayton Street, across from the Central Islip Recreation Center. According to police, they all suffered significant trauma throughout their bodies and were killed with a sharp-edged instrument.
Sini said two of the victims were 18 years old, one was 16 and the fourth was 20. Police did not immediately release their identities.
Sini said that the four were believed to have been killed in a single incident, but he did not say exactly when police believed the killings took place. Police say they believe it occurred inside the park within the past few days.
The gruesome discovery comes one month after the arrests of eight reputed MS-13 gang members in connection to brutal slayings of two teen girls in Brentwood back in September.
William Tigre, of Bellport, told News 12 that he received a phone call Wednesday night from a friend he believes to be in MS-13. He says the caller told him that his brother, Jorge Tigre, 18, was being killed in the park.
"He just told me, 'Your brother is here, and I just seen him being killed, and I'm the only one who escaped,'" Tigre says.
Tigre says he raced to the park just as police arrived on the scene. He says his brother is not in a gang, and he found a message on his computer saying he wanted to stop hanging out with certain group of teens.
According to Newsday, police have contacted Tigre's family. Newsday also says 16-year-old Justin Llivicura, of East Patchogue, is also among the dead.
A fast cash reward of $25,000 has been offered for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-220-TIPS.