"The victims suffered significant trauma throughout their bodies and police investigators believe that the homicides occurred recently", Suffolk County Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers said.
He did not definitively say the killings were the work of the MS-13 gang but said the tactics using sharp instruments and extreme violence were consistent with the gang, which has been gaining a foothold on Long Island for years.
Sini said police are not ruling out any possibilities in the investigation. The girls were attacked with a machete and baseball bats as they walked through the neighbouring town of Brentwood in September. Brutally. It wasn't like they shot him and left it. His cousin, who didn't want to be identified, said Llidicura told him Wednesday he was going to the park.
"He kept his distance from them", his sister Monica, 20, told the Daily News as their mother wept Friday inside their home.
The bodies turned up in a wooded section of a park in Central Islip.
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Though officials did not release the names of the four slain young victims, Jorge's relatives and a second family identified their sons as among the dead. "He just said, 'I saw your brother dying, and I escaped.' That's the only thing he said".
Sini said the the department, in partnership with Suffolk County Crime Stoppers, is posting a $25,000 "fast cash reward" for any information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrator or perpetrators of the murders.
William Tigre told reporters near the scene that an acquaintance told him Wednesday night that his 18-year-old brother, Jorge, was among those killed.
Sini confirmed that the manner in which the young men were killed "is consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13".
"The recent gang violence in the area is the Long Island Gang Task Force's number one priority, and we are asking anyone with information about what happened to contact us at 631-501-8600", Thoreson said in a statement.
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Prosecutors said Kayla Cuevas, 16, was targeted last summer by a group of four gang members, including two juveniles, because she had been feuding with MS-13 members at school and on social media.
"It's all hands on deck until we solve these murders", Sini said.
Authorities are yet to reveal whether the bodies discovered on Wednesday are linked to the previous youths' deaths.
The bodies were found just a few miles from where police say MS-13 gang members killed numerous people, including Brentwood High School students Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas previous year. 'This is a long-term war and make no mistake about it - it's a war.
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