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Rep. Zeldin Statement Following Today’s Funeral Services for Two Young Men Murdered Last Weekend by MS-13

April 20, 2017
Press Release

Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) released the following statement today following two funeral services that just took place for victims of last weekend’s murder of four young men by the MS-13 gang. Two of the victims, Justin Llivicura (East Patchogue, New York) and Jorge Tigre (Bellport, New York), were residents of the First Congressional District.

Congressman Zeldin said, “Last weekend’s senseless and tragic murders only further cement our need to address the rise of gang violence on Long Island and throughout our country. The rise of gang activity is ruining lives, causing irreparable harm to families, and devastating our local communities. Recruitment is starting at shockingly early ages and driving young children down a very dangerous path in life. Our schools, churches, community groups, law enforcement, and more all play a critical role in further helping to tackle this massive challenge. Failure is not an option. From the enforcement of our immigration laws, international efforts to combat various related criminal activity, and the need to educate and rehabilitate as necessary and appropriate, this must be an all hands on deck mission involving all who care to play a much needed leadership role. I would like to thank all of the brave men and women who have already stepped up for this cause to try to make our neighborhoods safer and improve our quality of life.”