A total of four Brentwood High School students were found dead in the last four weeks. Authorities have confirmed the Long Island, New York, teens were all violently killed. However, it is unclear whether the deaths were directly related.
Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, was reported missing earlier this year. As reported by Long Island Exchange, the teen was last seen at his Long Island home on the evening of February 19. At the time of his disappearance, authorities did not suspect foul play. However, his family believed he was the victim of gang-related violence.
Oscar Acosta, 19, was reported missing on April 29. As reported by NewsDay, the teen was last seen walking down the street near his Thomas Street home. Authorities suspected Acosta was a victim of foul play, but they did not identify any suspect in the teen’s disappearance.
Last month, a passing motorist reported a body on the side on Stahley Street near Loretta Park Elementary School. Authorities later identified the victim as 15-year-old Nisa Mickens. The following day, the body of Nisa’s close friend Kayla Cuevas, 16, was found fewer than 100 feet away.
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Pix 11 reports the teens were together on the evening of September 13. As Nisa’s body was discovered first, her family believes she attempted to prevent Kayla from being abducted.
The Washington Post reports both girls were brutally beaten to death. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas both “suffered significant injuries to the head and face.” The commissioner said the teens’ injuries were “some of the worst he’d ever seen.”
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One week later, authorities discovered the skeletal remains of Miguel Garcia-Moran and Oscar Acosta “in a remote industrial area.”
Oscar Acosta, Kayla Cuevas, Nisa Mickens, and Miguel Garcia-Moran were all students at Brentwood High School at the time of their deaths. Although authorities suspect they were all victims of gang violence, it is unclear what motivated the attacks.
At least one law enforcement official, who was not named, said the deaths may be linked to a violent Salvadoran street gang called MS-13.
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In 2010, members of the MS-13 gang were linked to the death of a Long Island woman and her son — who was a toddler. According to reports, the woman and her toddler son were killed because she disrespected a member of the gang.
In recent months, a Brentwood High School student was confronted by suspected members of MS-13 on his way to a school bus stop. Authorities said the boy was forced to remove his shirt and give it to the gang members, who reportedly set the shirt on fire and told the boy to stop wearing blue clothing.
Authorities believe MS-13 is responsible for at least 30 Long Island deaths in the last six years.
In response to the brutal deaths of four Brentwood High School students, the school district published a statement via Facebook. In the statement, the school board assured students and their parents that the “buildings throughout the district are safe.” In an effort to ensure continued safety, the “Suffolk County Police Department has increased their presence at the high school and the surrounding schools.”
In the statement, the school board assured students and their parents that the “buildings throughout the district are safe.” In an effort to ensure continued safety, the “Suffolk County Police Department has increased their presence at the high school and the surrounding schools.”
Time reports parents also received a letter asking Brentwood High School students to avoid wearing “clothing that could be considered gang related.”
The brutal deaths of the four Brentwood High School students have stunned the community. In addition to the counseling services offered by the school district, area churches, community centers, and law enforcement agencies are also offering their support to students and other members of the Long Island community.
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