Thank goodness New York is a sanctuary state...
The victims were identified as 16-year-old Justin Llivicura, cousins
Michael Banegas and Jefferson Villalobos, both 18, and 18-year-old Jorge
Tigre. Police believe all four were murdered where they were found.
"He wasn't in it, because I asked him several times and he said no,"
mother Lourdes Banegas said. "He didn't like the things they were
Llivicura's mother, Blanca Zhicat, said her son was a quiet, non-violent
boy, and she has no idea why he was killed. She thinks he was lured
from the family's home with a party invitation on Tuesday and that he
left home, reluctantly, that night.
Relatives said the bodies were dismembered, and that Llivicura's ear had
been cut off, along with at least one limb. Llivicura's family is from
Ecuador and has been in the United States for about 20 years.
Gang violence has been a problem in Central Islip, Brentwood and other
Long Island communities for more than a decade, and eight arrests last
month in deaths of Brittany Mickins and Kayla Cuevas were the
culmination of a long-term sweep by federal officials and Suffolk police
targeting gang members.