The father of a teen who was slain by MS-13 has visited the site where her mother was struck and killed by a car after a dispute with the driver over the teen girl’s memorial.
‘It’s not fair,’ sobbed Freddy Cuevas on Saturday as he stood on the spot where both his daughter and the mother of their child perished in Brentwood, Long Island, Newsday reported.
Evelyn Rodriguez, 50, was struck and killed by a car on the spot on Friday after she reportedly had a dispute with the driver over the placement of a memorial for her and Cuevas’ daughter, Kayla Cuevas.
Kayla was 16 when she and her 15-year-old friend, Nisa Mickens, were killed in the Long Island neighborhood that has become the epicenter in the fight against MS-13 violence.
Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas are seen at the State of the Union. Rodriguez was killed by a car on Friday on the same spot where their daughter was murdered by MS-13
The memorial site where Kayla’s body was found is seen. Police said that Rodriguez was arguing with someone about the placement of the memorial before she was hit and killed
Police say Rodriguez got in a dispute with the driver of a 2016 Nissan Rouge and that when the driver tried leaving the scene, they hit Rodriguez.
The driver called police and stayed on the scene. The driver is said to be a relative of someone who lived in the area.
No arrest has been reported in the case but police are continuing to investigate.
Suffolk Police said that Rodriguez was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore but she was pronounced dead – two years to the day that her daughter’s body was discovered.
Congressman Peter King says it happened about an hour before a planned memorial for Kayla .
Kayla (left) and her 15-year-old friend, Nisa Mickens (right), were killed in the Long Island neighborhood that has become the epicenter in the fight against MS-13 violence
President Donald Trump honored Freddy Cuevas and Rodriguez at the State of the Union in January, inviting both to attend alongside the First Lady.
‘My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez this evening, along with her family and friends. #RIPEvelyn,’ Trump tweeted on Friday.
The place where Rodriguez was hit on Stahley Street was where her daughter’s body was found.
Cuevas’ beaten and hacked body was found on September 14, 2016. The MS-13 gang is blamed for dozens of killings on Long Island since 2016.
Many in New York have offered their condolences to the woman’s family.
‘The death of Evelyn Rodriguez is a true loss for the Suffolk County Police Department,’ Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart and Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said in a statment. ‘Evelyn turned the tragic loss of her daughter into a driving force to become an outspoken voice against gang violence.’
Trump meets Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas, whose daughter was killed by MS-13 gang members, during a roundtable discussion on immigration in May
‘I first met Evelyn while I was with the FBI and was immediately impressed by her strength and perseverance,’ Commissioner Hart said. ‘I was fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to work in partnership with her when I joined the Suffolk County Police Department. My thoughts are prayers are with her family during this heartbreaking time.’
Governor Andrew Cuomo added: ‘Tonight, the family of New York mourns the tragic loss of Evelyn Rodriguez – the brave mother of Kayla Cuevas who was senselessly slain by violent MS-13 gang members and found in Brentwood two years ago.
‘In the wake of the unspeakable tragedy of her daughter’s death, Evelyn showed tremendous courage by dedicating herself to the disruption of gang violence throughout her community. As she stood by my side as we fought back against MS-13, I stand with her family tonight.
‘I have directed the State Police to provide any assistance and resources to the Suffolk County Police Department as they investigate the circumstances surrounding Evelyn’s death at today’s memorial vigil.’
A spokesman for Richard P. Donoghue, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said: ‘The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners are saddened to learn of the death of Evelyn Rodriguez, a tireless advocate for victims of MS-13 violence.’