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Genaro Venegas just wanted to save enough money from construction jobs to go back to El Salvador and buy a house.
But along the way, the 24-year-old Central Islip man got involved with the MS-13 gang, and his family often worried that his dangerous choice could lead to his demise.
When Venegas did not return from an outing Sept. 17, relatives said they were worried he was hurt or in jail. The next day, a Sunday, Venegas' sister searched from him at the Central American parade in Brentwood.
His brother, Olvidio Venegas , 30, said Genaro was the youngest of nine children originally from La Union, El Salvador.
"He worked hard to be somebody just like everyone else who comes to this country, said Venegas, who lived with his brother.
"He had hopes and dreams.
Genaro Venegas came to the United States from El Salvador in 1999 and began working with his brothers at K&L Concrete, a Central Islip construction company.
His other brothers had saved money by working hard in America, then returned to build a life in El Salvador, family members have said. Venegas' dream was to follow in their footsteps.
-- ANN GIVENS
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