‘They Keep Finding Bodies’: Long Island Forced To Recognize Its Problem With World’s Deadliest Gang

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MS-13 thugs are forcing the Long Island town of Brentwood to bury many of its teens, with four having been murdered in September alone.

An abandoned psychiatric facility near the New York town has become the preferred burial ground for the young victims of the world’s deadliest street gang. “Like, who else is going to be next, you know?” a fearful 16-year-old Brentwood High School student named Alexis Portillo asked the Albany Times Union.

“They don’t play around. If they don’t like you and if you do something to them, they will come after you,” one teen told the New York newspaper on the condition his identity be concealed. “I’m not going to walk anywhere. We’re definitely more cautious about that. I don’t go out at night anymore,” said the anonymous high school student.

All four dead teens were students at Brentwood High School. “I want to be very clear about this, the only people that should be fearful right now in Brentwood are those gang members,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said in September, reacting to the rising violence.

In recent years, MS-13 has made their presence felt on Long Island. The gang, which has its roots in the Salvadoran and Honduran communities of 1980s Los Angeles, is responsible for 30 murders in Long Island dating as far back as 2010. No arrests have been made yet in the cases of any of the four murdered teens despite suspicions of MS-13 involvement.

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