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Central Islip homicides: What we know so far

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A mobile command for Suffolk County police is parked on Clayton Street in Central Islip on Thursday, April 13, 2017, near where the bodies of four young men were found the day before. Photo Credit: James Carbone

Four bodies have been discovered in a wooded area of a Central Islip park.

As the story develops, here’s what we know so far about the homicides.

WHAT WE KNOW

  • The homicides appear to be gang-related. The manner in which the victims were killed is “consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said.
  • Relatives have identified the victims as Michael Banegas, 18, of Brentwood; Justin Llivicura, 16, of East Patchogue; Jorge Tigre, 18, of Bellport; and Jefferson Villalobos, 18 of Pompano, Florida.
  • Llivicura and Tigre both attended Bellport High School, and neither was a gang member, according to their families.
  • Villalobos had been visiting Banegas on Long Island, a cousin said.
  • Police have not confirmed the identities.
  • They suffered “significant trauma,” and it appears they were killed with a sharp or edged instrument, Sini said.
  • Police said the four had been killed within the past few days.
  • Police found the bodies Wednesday evening, Sini said.
  • An FBI gang task force is working with Suffolk police on the investigation, federal officials said.
  • The crime scene is near the southeast corner of the Central Islip Recreation Center, near Lowell Avenue and Clayton Street.
  • MS-13 gang members were arrested in early March in connection with the killings of two teenage girls in Brentwood, which borders Central Islip.
  • The girls’ killings led to the discovery of the skeletal remains of three teenage boys who, authorities said, were also killed by MS-13 gang members.
  • There is a $25,000 “fast cash reward” for information leading to the arrest of suspects or suspects.
  • Anyone with information about what happened can contact authorities at 631-501-8600.

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