The father of a teenager who was killed by MS-13 has visited the site where his mother was beaten and killed by a car after a dispute with the driver over the teen's memorial.
"It's not fair," sobbed Freddy Cuevas on Saturday when he was in the place where his daughter and the mother of his son died in Brentwood, Long Island, Newsday informed.
Evelyn Rodríguez, 50, was beaten and killed by a car at the scene on Friday after she allegedly had a dispute with the driver over the placement of a memorial for her and Cuevas' daughter, Kayla Cuevas.
Kayla was 16 when she and her 15-year-old friend, Nisa Mickens, were murdered in the Long Island neighborhood that has become the epicenter of the MS-13 violence fight.
Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas are seen in the State of the Union. Rodriguez was killed by a car on Friday in the same place where his daughter was murdered by MS-13.
You can see the memorial site where Kayla's body was found. Police said Rodriguez was arguing with someone about placing the monument before it was hit and killed
Police say that Rodriguez had a dispute with the driver of a 2016 Nissan Rouge and that when the driver tried to leave the scene, they beat Rodriguez.
The driver called the police and remained at the scene. It is said that the driver is a relative of someone who lived in the area.
No arrest has been reported in the case, but the police continue to investigate.
Suffolk police said Rodriguez was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, but was pronounced dead, two years after her daughter's body was discovered.
Congressman Peter King says it happened about an hour before a memorial for Kayla.
Kayla (left) and her 15-year-old friend, Nisa Mickens (right), were killed in the Long Island neighborhood that has become the epicenter of the anti-violence struggle MS-13.
President Donald Trump honored Freddy Cuevas and Rodriguez at the State of the Union in January, inviting both to attend with the First Lady.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez this afternoon, along with her family and friends. #RIPEvelyn, & # 39; Trump tweeted on Friday.
The place where Rodriguez was beaten on Stahley Street was where her daughter's body was found.
The beaten and hacked body of Cuevas was found on September 14, 2016. The MS-13 gang is blamed for dozens of killings on Long Island since 2016.
Many in New York have offered their condolences to the woman's family.
"The death of Evelyn Rodriguez is a real loss for the Suffolk County Police Department," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart and Department Chief Stuart Cameron said in a statement. "Evelyn turned the tragic loss of her daughter into a driving force to become an open voice against gang violence."
Trump meets Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas, whose daughter was killed by members of the MS-13 gang, during a round table on immigration in May
"I first met Evelyn when I was with the FBI and was immediately impressed by her strength and perseverance," said Commissioner Hart. "I was fortunate to have the opportunity to continue working in partnership with her when I joined the Suffolk County Police Department, my thoughts are prayers with her family in this heartbreaking moment.
Governor Andrew Cuomo added: "Tonight, the New York family regrets the tragic loss of Evelyn Rodriguez, the brave mother of Kayla Cuevas, who was senselessly murdered by violent members of the MS-13 gang and found in Brentwood two years ago. years.
"In the aftermath of the indescribable tragedy of her daughter's death, Evelyn showed great courage in engaging in the disruption of gang violence throughout her community." While standing by my side as we fought against MS-13, I stand up your family tonight.
"I have ordered the state police to provide assistance and resources to the Suffolk County Police Department as they investigate the circumstances surrounding Evelyn's death at today's memorial vigil."
A spokesperson for Richard P. Donoghue, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said: "The US Attorney's Office and our law enforcement partners are saddened to learn of the death of Evelyn Rodriguez, a tireless advocate for the victims of the MS -13 violence. & # 39;