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MS-13 has become the most dangerous gang in the nation

June 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
MS-13 has become the most dangerous gang in the nation

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MS-13 has grown to become the nation’s most brutal street gang, and its reign of violence is taking over New York.

In April, the remains of four men between the ages of 16 and 20 were discovered in Central Islip, a working-class area of strip malls and faded clapboard homes in the heart of Long Island.

They had been beaten with bats and hacked with machetes before their remains were discarded in a park.

George Tigre, Jefferson Villalobos, Michael Banegas, and Justin Llidicura were all found to murdered in Central Islip b ack in April

“This was one of the largest and most brutal murders committed in Suffolk County’s history,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini stated in his testimony before a Senate Homeland Security Panel in May.

MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, has between 6,000 and 10,000 members across 46 states, FBI statistics reveal.

The group, which gets its title from the Salvadoran peasants who battled in the country’s 1980-1992 civil war, appeared in poor Los Angeles communities among refugees fleeing the conflict.

At the time, their purpose was to protect a nascent Salvadoran community against African-American and Mexican gangs.

Brentwood High School juniors Nisa Mickens,15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, were killed in what a police official called a “brutal attack by MS-13

Since the 1980s, the group has spread to Central American areas across the U.S. Its members are involved in trafficking drugs and sex, and some have ties to Mexican drug cartels.

Cells of MS-13 are present in Brooklyn and Queens. However, the gang is most active in Latino immigrant areas in Suffolk County, where over 400 members are believed to work.

“MS-13 is unlike any gang that we have dealt with,” Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa told the New York Post.

Sliwa is directing his group’s anti-crime efforts on communities such as Islip, Brentwood, and Riverhead. “They are organized and behave like a paramilitary organization… the violence is brutal.”

The Central Islip massacre occurred seven months after the slaying of two teen girls in Brentwood. Both were fatally beaten in an attack that involved MS-13 members.

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