Four young men were viciously killed near a children’s playground on Long Island, NY, with violent MS-13 gang members alleged to be responsible for the suburban carnage.
The remains were found on Wednesday night at the Recreation Village Park in Central Islip, with three of the murdered young men only in their teens, according to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini.
The butchered corpses were left for an unknown amount of time by the murderers, the New York Post reported.
The victims “suffered from significant trauma throughout their body,” the commissioner announced on Thursday. “It seems they were killed with a sharper edged instrument.”
Without providing further information, Sini said the technique used was “consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13” — a violent gang already responsible for the deaths of two high school girls in 2016.
The two friends were targeted with a machete and bats as they walked through town in September.
“We are looking into the possibility, although we have not ruled out any possibilities at this point,” Sini added.
The commissioner said that his department is collaborating with the FBI to solve the quadruple homicide and vowed to keep the heat on the gang.
Sini continued: “This is a long-term war. And make no mistake about it, it’s war.”
The MS-13 street gang was launched in Los Angeles by immigrants seeking haven from a civil war in El Salvador during the 1980s.
Crime scene detectives were still working in the park early Thursday, and several blocks around the neighborhood are blocked off.
It is unclear if the killings are connected to the gang-related murders that occurred in Brentwood — which is the town adjacent to Central Islip — in the last couple of months.
The brutal killing of the unarmed victims was ignited by a gang altercation at Brentwood High School one week prior, according to a 34-page federal indictment filed in March.
The investigation into the killings led to the detection of the skeletal remains of three teens also believed to be targeted by MS-13.
Another victim, who was an 18-year-old former MS-13 member Jose Pena-Hernandez, was discovered dead on the property of a psychiatric center back in June. He was murdered for breaking gang rules.
Five additional MS-13 members were charged with racketeering, murder, attempted murder, assault, obstruction of justice, and arson, among other charges.