Rally held to stop Huntington Station violence
Huntington Station residents took to the streets Tuesday to ask for justice for a high school student murdered last week.
As News 12 has reported, Maggie Rosales, 18, was found on Lynch Street with stab wounds to her torso last week. The Walt Whitman High School senior was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made.
Residents Mary Beth Kraese and Jennifer Lavertu organized a march to Huntington Town Hall Tuesday night. Their goal is to call attention to the four murders in Huntington Station this year and demand answers to the recent unsolved case.
Kraese created a Facebook page called Maggie Matters after the teen's death.
Lavertu says the message to town and county officials is clear: stop the violence.
Hundreds of residents then packed a Huntington Town Board meeting where Suffolk Police Chief James Burke said police are not ignoring the issue.
"There is nothing that hits harder in the heart of a cop when we have to deal with someone who has been taken violently," said Burke.
Chief Burke says they formed the Huntington Station Violent Crimes Task Force over the summer, which includes extra patrols and a crackdown on locations that are so-called breeding grounds for violent crime.
Suffolk police told News 12 that the task force has made 293 arrests and issued approximately 1,800 summonses since it was created. They also say they are actively investigating Rosales' death and they do not believe it was gang related.