Mom, driver were arguing at memorial

Evelyn Rodriguez mother of Kayla Cuevas 16 who was slain in a September attack weeps as she talks to the media outside U.S. District Court in Central Islip N.Y. Thursday

Evelyn Rodriguez mother of Kayla Cuevas 16 who was slain in a September attack weeps as she talks to the media outside U.S. District Court in Central Islip N.Y. Thursday

On Friday, September 14, Evelyn Rodriguez, the mother of Kayla Cuevas, who died allegedly at the hands of gang members MS-13 a few years ago, was hit by an SUV near the site of the memorial with her daughters in Brentwood (new York). Evelyn said that her daughter "was a lovely girl who had dreams, and they [MS-13] took her away".

Suffolk County Police Homicide Det. Brentwood has since become the epicenter in the fight against MS-13 violence. "I can't imagine a more horrific death for a child than being macheted to death and a more horrific death of an adult than being crushed by a vehicle".

Trump said in a tweet: "My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez this evening, along with her family and friends". "When they returned, the shrine was gone, the balloon had popped, as well as Kayla's picture, everything was gone".

She and another person were standing in the street and yelling when the SUV sped toward them and struck her.

In the video shot by News 12, Rodriguez and a man are seen confronting a woman in a vehicle. It was then, according to Medina, that the driver accelerated. "She modified into relentless", Ms. Medina stated. "This was just senseless". She was not injured and remained at the scene and called 911.

The Suffolk County, New York, Police Department said she had been involved in a dispute with a driver around 4 p.m. near where the ceremony was to take place, and the vehicle struck her as the driver tried to leave.

"I can assure your viewers this is being carefully analyzed".

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also released a statement praising Rodriguez.

Because of Rodreguez's death, the memorial for Cuevez has become a memorial for her mother, as well.

Rodriguez grew up in the Bronx and in Puerto Rico; her public stance against illegal immigration, she said, was against criminals coming into the country and enrolling in schools.

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"We've been talking to everyone all week about it", said King.

A week later, she was walking home one evening with Nisa, a basketball teammate one day shy of her 16th birthday, when MS-13 members spotted them and attacked with a machete and baseball bats, according to prosecutors.

The bodies of Nissa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, two Brentwood high school students, were found on the corner of Ray Court and Stahley Street in 2016, after the girls had been beaten and stabbed to death allegedly by members of the MS-13 street gang.

Rodriguez had been a prominent figure speaking out against MS-13 and was invited to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address last January.

Rodriguez was invited to President Trump's State of Union address in January during his campaign against MS-13 gang violence.

More than a dozen members of MS-13 were arrested in March 2017 in NY on federal charge in connection to the brutal killing of the two girls.

"I never met anyone with more guts and more courage and never felt sorry for herself", King said.

'I first met Evelyn while I was with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was immediately impressed by her strength and perseverance, ' Commissioner Hart said. As word soon spread, people's faces went blank, King said: "It was nearly like, 'What's going to happen next to this community?'"

News 12 Long Island station reported that the homeowner came out and began dismantling the memorial.

Her words read like an epitaph. "I just want what's right to be done". "Then you realize you have a new goal: to fight, so that your child's death is not in vain".

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