Jose Lopez, 19, has been charged with murder in the death of a man whose leg fragment remains were discovered in the last month.
(Nassau County Police)
A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday in a Long Island, a suburb of New York City, accused of the killing of another human being, whose death the police earlier said was “no doubt” linked to the deadly MS-13 gang.
The suspect, identified as Jose Lopez, was charged with murder in the killing of Joshua Amaya Leonor, also 19, New York, WPIX-TV reported.
The arrest came nearly two weeks after Nassau County police found Leonor’s remains buried five feet under the ground in a remote, wooded area of Roosevelt, Nassau County.
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Police described the remains of bone fragments, Newsday reported.
There was “no doubt” Leonor, who was missing two years ago, was a victim of the MS-13 gang, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told the newspaper.
But the police on Thursday not confirmed whether Lopez was a member of the MS-13.
Leonor was said to be classmates with Angel Soler, 16, and Kerin Pineda, 20, two others who police believe were victims of the gang. Their bodies were found in October.
On the same day Leonor the remains were found, a third person was accused of murder charges in the death of Soler, who was hacked to death with a machete last year.
MS-13 is believed to be behind 25 murders in Long Island communities in the past two years, according to reports.
“They are not people, these are animals and we have to be very, very difficult,” President Donald Trump said during a round table discussion on immigration, while a visit to the area last month.
Trump and the AMERICAN Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has also visited the area to have made MS-13 is a major focus of the administration of the anti-crime efforts.