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Police identify 4 victims in Central Islip park slayings

Suffolk County police are investigating the brutal slayings of four young men whose bodied were found in a small park in Central Islip on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, according to Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, who said “all indications are that this is the work of MS-13,” a violent gang thought to be behind a spate of killings in the area. 

The four victims were identified as Jorge Tigre, 18, of Bellport; Justin Llivicura, 16, of East Patchogue; Jefferson Villalobos, 18, of Pompano Beach, Florida; and Villalobos' cousin, Michael Lopez Banegas, 20, of Brentwood. 

Llivicura's funeral was held Wednesday, April 19, and funerals for Banegas and Tigre were held Thursday, April 20. Villalobos' family was considering transporting his body to Honduras, his mother, Francis Villalobos, told Newsday.

The cofffin of Jorge Tigre is carried into
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The coffin of Jorge Tigre is carried into St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tigre, 18, of Bellport, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Jorge Tigre's mother, Berta Ullaguari, is comforted by
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Berta Ullaguari, the mother of Jorge Tigre, is comforted by Rockville Centre Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez during her son's funeral Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Tigre, 18, of Bellport, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Berta Ullaguari, mother of victim Jorge Tigre, cries
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Berta Ullaguari, the mother of Jorge Tigre, cries during her son's burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  Tigre, 18, of Bellport, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Friends and family mourn by the coffin of
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Mary Banegas, the aunt of Michael Lopez Banegas, touches his coffin during his funeral Mass at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Banegas, 20, of Brentwood, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Mary Banegas is comforted by friends and family
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Mary Banegas, the aunt of Michael Lopez Banegas, collapses from grief during his funeral Mass at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Banegas, 20, of Brentwood, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Carlos Lopez and Lourde Banegas mourn by the
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Carlos Lopez and Lourde Banegas, the parents of Michael Lopez Banegas, touch his coffin during his funeral Mass at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Banegas, 20, of Brentwood, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Carlos Lopez and Lourde Banegas mourn by the
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Carlos Lopez and Lourde Banegas, the parents of Michael Lopez Banegas, touch his coffin during his funeral Mass at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Banegas, 20, of Brentwood, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Blanca Zhicat, center, mother of victim Justin Llivicura,
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Blanca Zhicat, the mother of Justin Llivicura, comforts her daughter, Lesly, 19, as Justin's father, Marcelo Llivicura, stands near them at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Blanca Zhicat, mother of victim Justin Llivicura, (center)
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Blanca Zhicat, the mother of Justin Llivicura, throws a rose onto his grave at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Justin's father, Marcelo Llivicura, stands at her right. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Marcelo Llivicura,father of victim Justin Llivicura, is being
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Marcelo Llivicura, the father of Justin Llivicura, is consoled during his son's burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Family and friends mourn the passing of Justin
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Family and friends mourn Justin Llivicura during his burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Family and friends mourn the passing of Justin
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Family and friends mourn Justin Llivicura during his burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Marcelo Llivicura, center, father of victim Justin Llivicura,
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Marcelo Llivicura, the father of Justin Llivicura, is consoled during his son's burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

A large crowd came out to Holy Sepulchre
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Family and friends attend the burial for Justin Llivicura at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Family and friends of Justin Llivicura, carry the
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The coffin of Justin Llivicura is carried out of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip Park. 

Family members and loved ones gather and hug
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Family and friends comfort each other after attending a funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Family members and loved ones gather and hug
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Family and friends comfort each other after attending a funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Family members and loved ones gather and hug
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Family and friends comfort each other after attending a funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

The body of Justin Llivicura being carried out
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The coffin of Justin Llivicura is carried out of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip Park. 

The body of Justin Llivicura being carried out
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The coffin of Justin Llivicura is carried out of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip Park. 

Blanca Zhicat, mother of victim Justin Llivicura (left)
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Justin Llivicura's mother, Blanca Zhicat, left, is comforted as her son's coffin is carried out of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip Park. 

Family and friends of Justin Llivicura embrace each
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Family and friends comfort each other after attending a funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Joselo Lucero, comforts Blanca Zhicat, mother of victim
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Blanca Zhicat, the mother of Justin Llivicura, is comforted by Joselo Lucero, who was among the family and friends who attended a funeral Mass for the 16-year-old at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Lucero's brother, Marcelo Lucero, was killing in a hate crime in Patchogue in 2008.

Family and friends gather for victim Justin Llivicura,
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Family and friends attend the funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Bishop John Barres, in front of St. Joseph
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Bishop John Barres stands among mourners after the funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Love ones greet before the funeral for Justin
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Mourners greet each other before the funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Love ones bring the body of Justin Llivicura
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The coffin of Justin Llivicura is carried into St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Bishop John Barres, greets family and friends of
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Bishop John Barres greets mourners before the start of a funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Bishop John Barres greeting loved ones before the
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Bishop John Barres greets mourners before the start of a funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Bishop John Barres greeting love ones before the
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Bishop John Barres greets mourners before the start of a funeral Mass for Justin Llivicura at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Bishop John Barres looks on at the coffin
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Bishop John Barres watches as the coffin of Justin Llivicura is carried into St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

A person prays at the coffin of Justin
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A mourner kneels before the coffin of Justin Llivicura during his wake at the Robertaccio Funeral Home in Patchogue on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Marcelo Llivicura and Blanca Zhicat the parents of
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Justin Llivicura's parents, Marcelo Llivicura and Blanca Zhicat, mourn his death during his wake at the Robertaccio Funeral Home in Patchogue on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found last week in a Central Islip park.

Suffolk County police commissioner Tim Sini, announces a
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Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini holds a news conference on Thursday, April 13, 2017, a day after four young men were found slain in a Central Islip park. The manner in which they were killed is “consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13,” the notorious street gang responsible for the wave of violence that has terrorized the Brentwood and Central Islip communities, said Sini, who offered a reward for tips leading to the arrest of those responsible for the deaths.

A photo of a 10-year-old Justin Llivicura sat
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A photo of a 10-year-old Justin Llivicura sits on display in the family living room in East Patchogue. Llivicura, 16, a student at Bellport High School, was among the four young men whose slashed bodies were found in a Central Islip park on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

A first look at scene where four bodies
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Islip Town workers hose down the site of a quadrupule homicide at a Central Islip park on Clayton Street on Friday, April 14, 2017. Two days earlier, four young men were slain there in gang-related violence, Suffolk County police said.

A first look at scene where four bodies
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Islip Town workers hose down the site of a quadrupule homicide at a Central Islip park on Clayton Street on Friday, April 14, 2017. Two days earlier, four young men were slain there in gang-related violence, Suffolk County police said.

Murder victims Jefferson Villalobos, 18, of Florida, Michael
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From left, victims Jefferson Villalobos, 18, of Pompano Beach, Florida; Villalobos' cousin, Michael Lopez Banegas, 20, of Brentwood; Jorge Tigre, 18, of Bellport; and Justin Llivicura, 16, of Bellport. All four were found slain in a Central Islip park on Wednesday, April 12, 1017.

Marleni Villalobos, aunt of victim Jefferson Villalobos, cries
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Marleni Villalobos, the aunt of Jefferson Villalobos, mourns the death of her nephew on Friday, April 14, 2017, as she visits the site where his body was found two days earlier in a park on Clayton Street in Central Islip.

Family members of victims Michael Banegas and Jefferson
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The family of victims Michael Banegas and Jefferson Villalobos mourn their deaths on Friday, April 14, 2017, as they visit the site where the two young men, who were cousins, were found two days earlier in a park on Clayton Street in Central Islip.

Anna Villalobos, far right, mother of victim Jefferson
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Anna Villalobos, far right, the mother of Jefferson Villalobos, mourns the death of her son on Friday, April 14, 2017, as she visits the site where his body was found two days earlier in a park on Clayton Street in Central Islip.

Lourdes Banegas, mother of victim Michael Banegas, cries
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Lourde Banegas, the mother of Michael Banegas, mourns the death of her son on Friday, April 14, 2017, as she visits the site where his body was found two days earlier in a park on Clayton Street in Central Islip.

Anna Villalobos, mother of victim Jefferson Villalobos, cries
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A makeshift memorial is seen Friday, April 14, 2017, at the site where the bodies of four young men were found two days earlier in a park on Clayton Street in Central Islip.

Suffolk County Police investigate the crime scene where
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Anna Villalobos, the mother of Jefferson Villalobos, mourns the death of her son on Friday, April 14, 2017, as she visits the site where his body was found two days earlier in a park on Clayton Street in Central Islip.

Investigators in a park on Clayton Street in
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Investigators gather inside a park on Clayton Street in Central Islip on Thursday, April 13, 2017, as homicide investigators probed the deaths of four young men whose bodies were found deep in the woods a day earlier. Police believe the killings are gang-related.

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