FILE – In this Monday, 24 April 2017 file photo, Evelyn Rodriguez, whose teen-age daughter had been brutally killed by MS-13 gang members in 2016, listens during a press conference by Suffolk County officials in Hauppauge, NY Rodriguez recognized by President Donald Trump on the State of the Union after the MS-13 gang members allegedly killed her daughter was struck and killed Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 by a car with the girl in the memorial. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)
BRENTWOOD, new york – the U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions offered his condolences to the family of Evelyn Rodriguez, who was hit and killed by a car after a confrontation with the driver on the memorial of her daughter, killed by MS-13 gang members two years ago.
Her partner, Freddy Cuevas, told Newsday on Sunday, Sessions cited the Long Island mother, working on the MS-13. Rodriguez was recognized by President Donald Trump on the State of the Union in its campaign against the deadly MS-13 gang violence.
“He is a great guy,” Cuevas said Sessions. “I appreciate it. For him to take the time to reach out to me and say Evelyn was going through this tragic loss and our family has it good for him to do that is huge.”
Rodriguez was hit Friday afternoon, Brentwood, in the vicinity of her 16-year-old daughter Kayla Cuevas’ body was found beaten and cut two years ago to the day, police said. Cuevas’ friend, the 15-year-old Nisa Mickens was also killed.
The community is the epicentre of the fight against MS-13 violence on Long Island.
Rodriguez and the driver, a relative of a person who lives in the neighborhood of the monument, arguing about the placement, according to police. Rodriguez, 50, and one other person were seen to stand in the street and yelling at the driver of the SUV before the vehicle flew forward and hit her.
The driver was not injured, remained at the scene and called 911, police said. They have not released her name. Suffolk County police said Sunday afternoon that no charges have been filed.
Rodriguez spoke out against the gang, and the local school district after Cuevas and Mickens were attacked with machetes and baseball bats. Mickens’ body was found near an elementary school on Sept. 13, 2016. Cuevas’ body was found the next day, a few hundred metres away.
The girls’ alleged murderers, who were arrested along with a dozen other suspected MS-13 members, will be faced with murder charges that could lead to the death penalty.
MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is the debt of dozens of murders on Long Island since 2016. Trump has blamed the violence on the lax immigration policy.
Information: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com