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Erica Boynton visits a memorial that marks the spot in Brentwood where her 15-year-old son Christopher Hamilton was shot and killed in an alleged gang incident. (March 10, 2010)(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

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Gang violence on Long Island

Since its creation in 2003, the federal Long Island Gang Task Force has prosecuted more than 200 MS-13 members who were later convicted. The task force was originally created as a partnership among the FBI, Nassau County police, the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, State Police and the Hempstead Village Police Department, though some partners have since dropped out.