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MS-13 gang member admitted to killing 3 teens and one young man using machetes, knives, wooden clubs, and an ax, calling them 'animals' during the attack

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A member of the MS-13 gang confessed this week to federal racketeering charges concerning the quadruple murder of three teens and a 20-year-old man due to gang disrespect on social media.

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Edwin Rodriguez entered his plea to federal charges in the murders of Jorge Tigre, Jefferson Villalobos, Michael Lopez, and Justin Llivicura. (Victim's photos and crime scene screenshots via CBS New York/YouTube)

Edwin Rodriguez pleaded guilty to federal charges for the murders of Jorge Tigre, Jefferson Villalobos, Michael Lopez, and Justin Llivicura. (Victim’s photos and crime scene screenshots via CBS New York/YouTube)

A member of the MS-13 gang fled the U.S. after luring four men to a park in New York under the pretense of smoking pot and then pleading guilty to racketeering charges related to gang disrespect on social media.

Edwin Rodriguez, 24, also known as “Manicomio,” admitted to the federal charges for the murders of Justin Llivicura, Michael Lopez, Jorge Tigre, and Jefferson Villalobos. Rodriguez could face life in prison and will be sentenced on Sept. 18.

Rodriguez’s defense attorney, Glenn Obedin, stated, “He is relieved to put this behind him in terms of the plea, and he’s ready now to move on to the next phase of the proceeding and the next phase of his life.” Newsday reported.

The violence occurred on April 11, 2017, when five men were tricked into going to a park by MS-13 members who said they were going to smoke marijuana. Once there, Rodriquez and a dozen other MS-13 gang members, armed with machetes, knives, an axe, and wooden clubs, surrounded and attacked the victims. One of the men managed to escape.

The bodies of the four victims, who had been hacked, stabbed, and bludgeoned, were discovered the following evening. Rodriguez was apprehended in El Salvador and brought back to the United States in 2022.

The summer after the quadruple murder, then-President Donald Trump visited Long Island and spoke remarks about the gang.

“Since January ’16 — think of this — MS-13 gang members have brutally murdered 17 beautiful, young lives in this area on Long Island alone,” he said. “They butcher those little girls. They kidnap, they extort, they rape and they rob. They prey on children. They shouldn’t be here. They stomp on their victims. They beat them with clubs. They slash them with machetes, and they stab them with knives. They have transformed peaceful parks and beautiful, quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields. They’re animals.”

Rodriguez — 17 at the time of the murders, was initially charged as a juvenile on March 16, 2018. He was arrested in El Salvador in 2019 and was returned to the U.S. in 2022. Rodriguez agreed to be transferred to adult status as part of his guilty plea.

Authorities described MS-13 as the most violent criminal organization on Long Island. Since 2003, hundreds of MS-13 members have been convicted on federal felony charges in the Eastern District of New York, authorities said in a news release.

 

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