Police: MS-13 Gang Member Charged In L.I. Teens' Murders

September 07, 2018 - 12:46 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- An MS-13 gang member has been charged in the murders of two teenagers in Nassau County.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Friday, Angel Soler was only 15 years old, and Josue Amaya Leonor was only 19. Both were from Roosevelt, and their bodies were found in separate locations in Nassau County.

Both were victims of the MS-13 gang.

Now, Kevin Lopez-Morales, 20, has been arrested in their murders. He walked out of the Nassau County Police Department with his head down on Friday and did not say a word.

Police Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said Lopez-Morales was on an immigration hold when he was arrested.

"Kevin is involved with the Hollywood clique of MS-13,” Fitzpatrick said. “When we confronted him while he was in Homeland Security, he made some incriminating statements."

The lieutenant said a number of other gang members have also been arrested in the two murders. But police said there are still more suspects who have not been charged.

Fitzpatrick also talked about the victims.

"Both were members of Roosevelt High School,” he said. “They were both marked by this group as possible members of a rival gang, particularly the 18th Street gang.”

Leonor's body was found in a wooded area of the Roosevelt Preserve on May 30, two years after he was reported missing. Police said a machete was used in the killing.

He was friends with Soler and another young man who was also killed by MS-13 members, police said.