For families of MS-13 victims, President Donald Trump’s Long Island visit Friday afternoon was greeted with a mix of hope and heartache.
Trump’s condemnation of the murderous transnational gang and his vow to eradicate it from communities across the United States resonated deeply with those mourning the loss of loved ones.
Evelyn Rodriguez of Brentwood, whose teenage daughter was brutally slain last September by MS-13 members, said she and her husband Freddy Cuevas attended the speech at the invitation of the White House.
The parents were touched that Trump — speaking at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood — mentioned 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas and her close friend Nisa Mickens, 15, saying the gang “butchered those little girls.”
“I appreciate that … he’s acknowledging the families, that we did lose a loved one, and he’s going to do something about it,” said Rodriguez, 49.
“What he was saying was what we’ve been asking for — more resources, for him to support our Suffolk PD,” the mother said. “We need change here in our community.”
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