Suffolk County police told Newsday the homicide victims "suffered significant trauma about their bodies" and that the remains were not skeletal, indicating the killings were likely carried out recently.
He did not definitively say the killings were the work of the MS-13 gang but said the tactics using sharp instruments and extreme violence were consistent with the gang, which has been gaining a foothold on Long Island for years.
'There's no question MS-13 still exists in Suffolk County, ' Sini said Thursday at a press conference. The inseparable best friends were attacked with a machete and baseball bats, officials said. I saw him there, and you've got to go there, ' " William Tigre said. "This is a war", police said.
Hours later, Llivicur's family told PIX11 police had informed them the teen was among the dead.
The victims were found Wednesday night in a wooded area near a recreation center in Central Islip (EYE'-slihp).
Police have not released the victims' identities. He just told me, 'quick your brother was there.
Police would not say Thursday whether the two young men were among the homicide victims.
Jorge Tigre, of Bellport, had been reported missing to Suffolk police at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday and police began searching for him at 3:36 p.m., police said Thursday.
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Gang violence has been a problem in Central Islip, Brentwood and other Long Island communities for more than a decade, but Suffolk County police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation began pouring resources into a crackdown after the killings of the girls, along with two other Brentwood High School students.
MS-13, a well-known gang accused in a slew of teen killings in the area, is believed by friends of the missing to be responsible.
Four members were arrested last month in connection to a recent spree of teenage killings in the Brentwood area in 2016, according to police.
However, it's not clear whether the latest incident is related to gang violence.
"We're going to do everything in our powers to solve these murders".
MS-13, also known as La Mara Salvatrucha, is one of the largest criminal organizations in the United States, with more than 6,000 members in at least 46 states and the District of Columbia, the US Attorney's Office said.
No arrests have been made in Wednesday's grisly discovery. 'This is a long-term war and make no mistake about it - it's a war.