Evelyn Rodriguez

Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

Grand Jury To Hear Evidence In Death Of Evelyn Rodriguez

November 16, 2018 - 2:21 pm
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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A grand jury will hear evidence about the car crash that killed Evelyn Rodriguez—who worked to end MS-13 gang violence on Long Island following the death of her teenage daughter.

Outside the home that he shared with Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas looked somber as he spoke about the past two months without his longtime partner.

“It’s like my world’s different now,” Cuevas said.

When asked if he sometimes waits for her to walk through the front door, he responded: “Absolutely.”

“Or even to call just on the cell,” Cuevas added. “You know, her daily check-in that we would do towards each other. Come on, after 33 years, wouldn't you miss it?”

Rodriguez was struck and killed after arguing with her neighbor—who was inside an SUV at the time—over the placement of a memorial honoring her daughter Kayla Cuevas.

Authorities said 16-year-old Cuevas was killed by MS-13 gang members in Brentwood.

Following the teen’s death, her mother became a vocal activist in ridding Long Island of the violent gang.

As of Friday, no one has been charged in the death of the anti-gang activist, which happened on Ray Court in Brentwood.

The grand jury believes an indictment in the case is necessary, and Cuevas told WCBS 880 that he has been called to testify.

“The only thing that I can say is we're all praying for the outcome to be positive,” Cuevas said.