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Remains of a suspected MS-13 murder victim unearthed in New York, police say

MS-13 gang members are responsible for multiple murders on Long Island in the past two years

(Reuters)

The remains of a suspected MS-13 murder victim was found in a wooded area in the City of New York’s Long Island suburbs, police said Wednesday.

The discovery in Roosevelt, N. Y., came hours after a research in a machete murder in July last year, has led to an arrest, Newsday reported. The excavated remains were bone fragments, an official told the newspaper.

“It is without a doubt an MS-13 murder,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said at a press conference.

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MS-13 is believed to be behind 25 murders on Long Island in the past two years and has become a target of President Donald Trump, who is referred to gang members as “animals”.

Trump visited the area last week, attending a forum on MS-13 in Bethpage, N. Y.

The remains that Wednesday will need to be identified by means of DNA-examinations, Ryder said, adding that the discovery should not panic all residents in the district.

“The biggest concern we want people to know this is an old murder,” he said.

The authorities started to dig in the wooded area Tuesday night after getting information about the death of the 16-year-old Angel Soler, who was killed after leaving his home July 21, according to Newsday.

Soler’s body was found in October near where Wednesday the discovery was made. It is suspected that he also be killed by MS-13 gang members.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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