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Teen MS-13 gang member admits to taking part in quadruple homicide to increase gang status

September 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Teen MS-13 gang member admits to taking part in quadruple homicide to increase gang status

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An MS-13 gang member confessed to his role in the horrific 2017 quadruple murders of four teens in Long Island, New York in a case that garnered national attention.

According to a Justice Department press release, 17-year-old Freiry Martinez pleaded guilty to four counts of racketeering murder and one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Matinez admitted to federal Judge Joseph Bianco to being part of a group of teens armed machetes, knives and clubs that carried out the April 2017 killings of Michael Lopez, Justin Llivicura, Jefferson Villalobos and Jorge Tigre in the town of Central Islip.

The member of MS-13 told the judge he took part in the brutal murders to “increase my status in the gang.”

Martinez, who was then-15-years-old, admitted to using a machete and focused on attacking Llivicura.

“Most 15-year-olds are worried about a chemistry test at school or making the football team, not plotting a grotesque attack and murder of four other teenagers,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney following the court proceeding.

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