Lanterns: Illegal Immigrants Arrested for Murders of Teen Girls


Illegal Immigrants Arrested for Murders of Teen Girls

The horrific Sept. 13 slaughter of two high school girls who were walking home after school has resulted in the arrests and indictments of thirteen members of the infamous MS-13 gang who were charged with 41-counts including murder, racketeering, and obstruction of justice. Ten of these members were illegal immigrants — including one who was deported and illegally came back into the country.

Four of the suspects were arrested for the revenge killings of best friends, Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16.  They were savagely assaulted with baseball bats and then hacked with a machete during the attack in Brentwood, New York.  

In a press conference, U.S. Attorney Robert Capers said, “While violence and brutality are trademarks of the MS-13 gang, the murders of these teens are particularly disturbing.” 

Nisa and Kayla were attacked on the evening of Sept. 13, 2016, near an elementary school, following social media disputes between Kayla and known gang members and associates.  That hostility manifested into a fight at Brentwood High School, leading the gang to “put a ‘green light’ on Cuevas; that is they authorized her to be killed,” according to FBI officials.

Alexi (Big Homie) Saenz, 22, and his brother Jairo (Funny) Saenz, 19, along with Selvin (Flash) Chavez, 19, and Enrique (Turkey) Portillo, 19 were charged with the brutal murders of the two girls. 

Law enforcement officials have said MS-13 is the largest gang on Long Island with Suffolk County “cliques” in the towns of Brentwood, Huntington, Copiague, Farmingdale, and Islip. The gang has been suspected in 30 other deaths in the area since 2010.  The arrests come at a time when illegal immigration is in the spotlight due to the presidency of Donald Trump.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Tom Simi told Fox News, "It's a great day for justice... but the job is not done."

Written by Traci Belmonte

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