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Families grieve for 2 young men apparently murdered by MS-13 gang

American dream became a nightmare for youths who fled MS-13 in Central America only to become apparent victims of gang on LI

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Javier Castillo, 16,

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Javier Castillo, 16, of Central Islip, from St. John of God Roman Catholic Church in Cental Islip, on Nov. 9, 2017. Photo Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

Kerin Pineda and Javier Castillo were just children when they left their home years ago, running from MS-13 and the gang violence in Central America, family members said.

Each traveled thousands of miles before eventually landing on Long Island, where they hoped to go to school, embark on careers and embrace America’s opportunities. Pineda, 20, had dreams of becoming a police officer. Castillo,...

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