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Fourth body in Brentwood identified as missing teen

Police said they are ready to launch an "all-out assault" on area gangs.

Police on Friday identified a body found earlier this week on Long Island as a 15-year-old who has been missing since February as another teen was laid to rest.

Miguel Garcia Moran was one of two bodies found near an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Brentwood. Suffolk County police are calling his death a homicide, ABC7 reported.

Earlier on Friday, family and friends gathered at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood to say goodbye to 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, whose body was found last week in Brentwood — one of four bodies found in a week.


Police said the fatal beatings of 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and her best friend Cuevas are linked to gang violence,NBC4 reported, as well as the death of a teen identified on Thursday, 19-year-old Oscar Acosta.

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Police have not said if the four deaths are related to each other, but remarked on a rise in gang violence and the “all-out assault” police plan to launch on the gangs in the 11-square-miles of Brentwood plus Central Islip and Wyandanch, NBC4 reported.

"But for us to make progress, we have to eradicate gangs," Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said, ABC7 reported. "And that's not going to be a clean process."

The MS13 gang is suspected in the recent deaths,PIX11 reported. One member of the gang is under arrest on an unrelated case.

"I want to be very clear about this," Sini said on Thursday, PIX11 reported. "The only people that should be fearful right now in Brentwood are those gang members.

"We are putting a tremendous amount of pressure on these known gang members and we are going to be taking them out very strategically, in collaboration with our local and federal law enforcement partners.”

Brentwood school officials are warning parents about sending their children to school in colors or "clothing that could be considered gang-affiliated,” NBC4 reported, after a student’s blue shirt was set on fire on Wednesday.

A red car pulled up to a Brentwood Freshman Center student walking to his bus stop and he was told to hand over his shirt. The suspects then set it on fire, threw it back out of the car window and told the student never to wear that color again before driving off,PIX11 reported.

"Be safe," Cuevas’ mother, Elizabeth Alvarado, told ABC7. "Mothers and fathers need to get into their Instagram, their Facebook, because when you don't know what your kids are doing on the phone, this is what happens."

Anyone with information on the killings of Garcia-Moran, Acosta, Mickens or Cuevas is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the deaths of Mickens and Cuevas.

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