Police ID 4 found slain in park in suspected gang killing

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The bodies of four men were discovered at a park in Long Island Wednesday night in what police said was an apparent homicide.

Authorities believe the violent Central American street gang known as MS-13 is responsible for the killing of a 16-year-old boy, two 18-year-olds and a 20-year-old in a park in Central Islip, according to reports.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, center, addresses the media outside Police Headquarters in Bay Shore, N.Y., Friday, April 14, 2017.

The commissioner put the quadruple killings in stark terms, calling the effort to combat those kinds of crimes "a long-term war", Newsday reported. The acquaintance also indicated he knew of the killings because he had been there.

The news conference came hours after distraught family and friends of two missing Long Island teens - Jorge Tigre, 18, and Justin Llivicura, 16 - came to the crime scene, seeking information from investigators.

"He just said, 'I saw your brother dying, and I escaped, '" William Tigre said.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the bodies of four men have been found in a suburban NY neighborhood that has for years contended with a growing problem of gang violence.

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

The gang, which federal authorities said is a "transnational criminal enterprise", became so powerful that the FBI started a MS-13 National Gang Task Force in 2004.

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

All four suffered "significant trauma", and were killed in the past "few days" with a sharp or edged instrument, police said.

The discovery comes several weeks after eight MS-13 gang members were arrested in connection with the beating deaths of two teenage girls.

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. They are offering a $25,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

Kayla had been involved in "disputes" with MS-13 gang members and associates, including a recent altercation at Brentwood High School, where the girls attended classes. The group, which had been driving around looking for gang enemies, attacked when they came across her walking with Nisa Mickens, 15, in the street.

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