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Mother of MS-13 victim fatally struck by car at daughter’s memorial site in New York

September 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mother of MS-13 victim fatally struck by car at daughter’s memorial site in New York

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Mother of MS-13 victim fatally struck by a car at daughter’s memorial site in New York

The grieving mother of a young girl ruthlessly murdered by MS-13 members on Long Island was killed after getting hit by a car on Friday while getting ready for a candlelight vigil for her daughter.

Evelyn Rodriguez — who was present at President Trump’s State of the Union Address to increase awareness on the violent killing of 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas — was hit by a vehicle in Brentwood at roughly 4 p.m. — exactly two years after her daughter’s remains were discovered in a wooded area off the same road, ABC7 reported.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez, along with her family and friends. #RIPEvelyn,” Trump posted on Twitter on Friday.

The 50-year-old woman was on Ray Court — close to where the bodies of Kayla and her best friend 15-year-old Nisa Mickens were discovered. The two had been beaten with bats and cut with a machete by MS-13 members.

The mom was getting ready for the memorial when she and a woman got into a heated dispute over a memorial for the two girls that had been dismantled in front of a house on the block.

The woman was a family member of someone who lived at the residence.

In footage published by Long Island News 12’s Web site, Rodriguez and a man can be seen approaching the driver.

That’s when the driver pressed on the gas and fatally hit Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was raced to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead.

The driver was on the scene and dialed 911. She was not taken into custody on Friday night, but Suffolk County authorities said that its homicide squad was looking into the incident.

Rodriguez was a passionate advocate in the crusade to abolish gangs. She pressed for schools to do more to fight gang-related violence, a widespread problem on Long Island, where MS-13 has been behind at least 25 slayings over the course of two years.

She also found herself in the spotlight last January when she attended Trump’s State of the Union Address.

“I want what’s right to be done,” Rodriguez told The New York Times at the time. “Everybody should put their political agenda aside and think about what’s going on in our country.”

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