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Third man arrested in 2016 MS-13 killing in Greenlawn, Suffolk police say

Suffolk County homicide detectives in Greenlawn Park, Greenlawn,

Suffolk County homicide detectives in Greenlawn Park, Greenlawn, on Aug. 20, 2016, after the mutilated body of a Greenlawn man was found by a passerby. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A third man has been charged in connection with the 2016 killing of an 18-year-old Greenlawn man who, authorities have said, was killed for flashing signs of a rival gang to MS-13.

Carlos A. Lopez-Campos, 26, of Owings Mills, Maryland, was extradited to New York Wednesday, where he was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Estiven Abrego Gomez, Suffolk police said.

Abrego Gomez's body was found by a passerby on Aug. 20, 2016, next to a concession stand at a Little League baseball complex in Greenlawn Park in Greenlawn, officials have said.

The two men charged earlier are: Elmer Gilberto Santos Contreras of Roosevelt, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, and Anthony Gutierrez Meza of Valley Stream.

Prosecutors have said both men are MS-13 gang members and that Contreras admitted in a written statement to ordering the killing of Abrego Gomez after he was seen on social media flashing signs associated with the rival 18th Street gang.

Police did not say if Lopez-Campos is also believed to be a member of the MS-13 gang.

Information about Lopez-Campos's arraignment, which was set for Thursday, was not available. The name of any attorney representing him has yet to be released.

Contreras' defense attorney said in 2019, when he was charged, that his client said he had nothing to do with the killing and that he did not know what was in the statement, which was in English, a language Contreras does not know.

Contreras is due back in court on Nov. 10, according to court records.

Prosecutors said in 2019 that Meza was in custody in Virginia and that he would be arraigned when he was extradited to Suffolk County.

Meza has a criminal case in Virginia that is still pending. He will be extradited once that "has reached a disposition," a Suffolk County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

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