Suspect arrested in killing of teen called MS-13 victim

June 15, 2018 - 7:53 am

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in the death of a Long Island teenager who police identified as a victim of the violent MS-13 gang.

Newsday reports that 19-year-old Jose Lopez is scheduled for arraignment on a murder charge Friday in the killing of Josue Amaya Leonor.

Leonor's body was found in May 30, two years after he was reported missing. Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said at the time there was "no doubt" the 19-year-old was a victim of MS-13.

Police did not say if Lopez was a member of the gang. Information on an attorney for Lopez wasn't immediately available.

MS-13 is believed to be behind 25 killings on Long Island in the past two years and has become a prime target of President Donald Trump's administration.


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