The bodies of four men were discovered at a park in Long Island Wednesday night in what police said was an apparent homicide.
"At this point all indications are that this is the work of MS-13", Suffolk County police Commissioner Timothy Sini said Friday in announcing the identities of the victims. The victims had suffered "significant trauma".
"A group of them came out with machetes and was yelling at them telling them to kneel down", she said.
At the news conference, Sini said the police department is committed to bringing the killers to justice. Brutally. It wasn't like they shot him and left it.
A police auto is parked near the site where four bodies were discovered in Central Islip, N.Y., Thursday, April 13, 2017.
He called me, the friend in MS-13, he called me last night at 6:30 and told me my brother is here, Tigre said.
He said that he had "escaped from the car" and 'saw my brother being killed. The young men were likely killed several days before the bodies were found.
After all, MS-13 - notorious for its elaborate tattoos and its unremitting violence - has perhaps 70,000 members all told. Their bodies were discovered in Brentwood.
Justin Llidicura's, 16, family said that detectives are investigating whether he is among the four victims, as a family member said he was last seen on Wednesday heading towards the park. "I don't know if this is my son or not".
Investigators linked those murders to MS 13 gang members and arrested eight suspected gang members in March in connection with the brutal killings of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas.
However, it's not clear whether the latest incident is related to gang violence. "It appears they were killed with a sharp or edged instrument".
Authorities believe the violent Central American street gang known as MS-13 is responsible for the killing of a 16-year-old boy, two 18-year-olds and a 20-year-old in a park in Central Islip, according to reports.
Cops have made hundreds of arrests, but Sini warns the war won't end anytime soon.
MS-13 gangs initially converged in the Los Angeles area, but they are now believed to have spread across not only the United States but into Canada as well.