Debra Cavanagh, a local educator and president of Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, a group dedicated to safety and quality of life issues in the neighborhood, said she was “upset” and “shocked” to hear about the homicides.Cavanagh said the the tragic deaths should serve as reminder that the community needs to come together collectively to address violence.“It comes up, it goes away, it comes back, it goes away,” she said of violent episodes in Central Islip. “We’ve been dealing with this for a long time.” She added that people “come out” when there’s a problem, but when the issue dissipates, “they disappear.”“They need to get active in the community and not be complacent,” she said of residents.Following the recent slayings in Brentwood, Cavanagh noted how the deaths there impacted students in her school, some of whom were afraid to even go to class.“It does affect the kids personally,” she said.–With additional reporting by Rashed Mian Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The slaying of four males in Central Islip appears to be consistent with the brutal tactics of the ultra-violent MS-13 street gang, Suffolk County police’s top cop said Thursday.Police discovered the bodies at 8 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area several hundred feet south of a soccer field across the street from the Central Islip Recreation Center on Clayton Street, but authorities did not say what prompted them to search the area. The remains were taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where autopsies will be performed to confirm the victims’ identities and cause of death.“We can confirm that the manner in which they were killed is consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini told reporters during an afternoon press conference held near where the bodies were found. He characterized that MO as the use of “extreme violence” and “sharp instruments,” but he cautioned that investigators won’t be “ruling out anything.”The Central Islip discoveries come six months after six victims of gang violence—most of them teenagers who were students at Brentwood High School—were found dead in a five-week span in neighboring Brentwood. Thirteen MS-13 street gang members were recently charged in connection with some of those cases and others.In the tragic case of best friends Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, they were attacked last September by alleged gang members armed with baseball bats and machetes. Mickens’ dead body was “almost unrecognizable,” former federal prosecutor Robert Capers said last month. In a previous incident, Jose Pena-Hernandez died after gang members took turns slashing and stabbing him with a machete, officials said.“There’s no question that MS-13 still exists in Suffolk County,” Sini said. “This is a long-term war. Make no mistake about it—it’s a war.”Sini did not release the tentative identities of the victims, but said one was 16 years old, two were 18, and one was 20. All four were victims of the same incident and all “suffered from significant trauma throughout their body” from a “sharp or edged instrument.” The murders appear to have been committed at the location where the victims were found, he added.The commissioner declined to elaborate on the date and time of the slayings, instead saying they occurred in the last few days.“We are going to do everything in our power to solve these murders,” he said. “We have all hands on deck, and we are working closely with the FBI.”Police also announced a $25,000 “fast cash” Crime Stoppers reward for any information leading to the arrest of the assailants. Anyone with information can call 1-800-220-TIPS.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone released a statement condemning “these heinous acts,” which he said would not go unpunished.“I have full confidence that the outstanding men and women of the Suffolk County Police Department under the leadership of Commissioner Tim Sini and Chief Stuart Cameron will do what is necessary to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” Bellone said.“On behalf of all Suffolk County residents, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, friends, and loved ones during this difficult period,” he added.Suffolk Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood), whose district includes Central Islip, took to Facebook to denounce the senseless violence.“The disregard for human life is unfathomable,” Martinez wrote. “The disregard for the pain, fear and suffering the families and community will experience is uncalled for. Lives being lost and for what? To what end?”“I am mixed with emotions and my condolences go out to the families of the victims,” she continued. “We must stand together beside our neighbor. If there was ever a moment for all of Suffolk County; specifically, Central Islip & Brentwood residents to reflect and reaffirm our most basic beliefs as a community, now is the time.”Even Republican Congressman Peter King, whose district extends from Nassau to that part of Suffolk, weighed in to express his alarm and urge local people to come forward to help the investigation.
(REUTERS)-Pakistan’s stand-in captain Mohammad Hafeez hit a fighting fifty to set up a comprehensive six-wicket victory against Australia in the second one-day international yesterday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) that levelled the five-match series.Pakistan, who were whitewashed in the preceding Test series and lost the first ODI in Brisbane, reached their target with 14 balls to spare after their bowlers had bundled out the hosts for 220 in the penultimate over of their innings.It was the first win for Pakistan against Australia in Australia across all formats since their victory in an ODI at the WACA in January, 2005.Mohammad Amir was the most successful Pakistan bowler with three wickets for 47 after left-arm fast bowling colleague Junaid Khan, playing his first ODI in over 19 months, put Australia on the backfoot by sending back the openers cheaply.Pakistan’s spinners, led by left-armer Imad Wasim (2-37), then bowled tightly on a sluggish Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch to keep Australia shackled.Australia captain Steve Smith top-scored for his side with 60 but a number of other batsmen got out after promising starts.Hafeez, who was not part of the original ODI squad and arrived in Australia as a late addition, was handed the captaincy after regular skipper Azhar Ali was ruled out with a hamstring injury.The right-handed opener struggled against Australia’s pacemen initially and Smith dropped him on nought in the slips off Mitchell Starc.Hafeez, who survived again on 55, batted fluently after his initial troubles and set up the chase with an opening stand of 68 with Sharjeel Khan (29) before a second-wicket partnership of 72 with Babar Azam (34).Experienced Shoaib Malik, who was given out caught behind off Pat Cummins on 10 but successfully overturned the decision on review, took over the responsibility of getting Pakistan home after they lost Hafeez and Azam in successive overs.Malik remained unbeaten on 42 after adding a crucial 53 for the fourth wicket with Asad Shafiq (13).The third ODI of the series will be played in Perth on Thursday.AUSTRALIA InningsU. Khawaja c Sh. Khan b J. Khan 17D. Warner c Rizwan b J. Khan 16S. Smith b Wasim 60M. Marsh c Wasim b Amir 0T. Head c Rizwan b H. Ali 29G. Maxwell b Wasim 23M. Wade b Malik 35J. Faulkner c Shafiq b Amir 19M. Starc run out (J. Khan) 3P. Cummins c Rizwan b Amir 0J. Hazlewood not out 0Extras (lb-7 w-11) 18Total (all out, 48.2 overs) 220Fall of wickets: 1-31 D. Warner,2-40 U. Khawaja,3-41 M. Marsh,4-86 T. Head,5-128 G. Maxwell,6-193 S. Smith,7-199 M. Wade,8-207 M. Starc,9-212 P. Cummins,10-220 J. FaulknerBowling: M. Amir 9.2 – 0 – 47 – 3(w-1,J. Khan 8 – 0 – 40 – 2(w-3),I. Wasim 10 – 0 – 37 – 2(w-2),H. Ali 7 – 0 – 29 – 1,M. Hafeez 10 – 0 – 45 – 0(w-1,) S. Malik 4 – 0 – 15 – 1.PAKISTAN InningsM. Hafeez c Hazlewood b Faulkner 72Sh. Khan c Wade b Faulkner 29B. Azam c Hazlewood b Starc 34A. Shafiq c Wade b Starc 13S. Malik not out 42U. Akmal not out 18Extras (lb-6 w-7) 13Total (for 4 wickets, 47.4 overs) 221Fall of wickets: 1-68 Sh. Khan,2-140 B. Azam,3-142 M. Hafeez,4-195 A. ShafiqDid not bat: M. Rizwan, I. Wasim, M. Amir, H. Ali, J. KhanBowling: M. Starc10 – 1 – 45 – 2(w-2),J. Hazlewood 10 – 2 – 32 – 0(w-1),P. Cummins 10 – 1 – 48 – 0(w-1),J. Faulkner 9 – 0 – 35 – 2,T. Head 2.4 – 0 – 23 – 0(w-1), M. Marsh 6 – 0 – 32 – 0(w-2).