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Reports: Slain Teen With Connections To MS-13 May Have Been Targeted For Becoming Police Informant

September 01, 2018 - 5:34 pm

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- An MS-13 member on Long Island may have been murdered this week because he had become a police informant.

The body of 19-year-old Carlos Rivas-Majano was found in a shallow grave in Uniondale earlier this week. Though, Nassau County police said the murder happened in August 2017.

Police said the motive behind the killing is still being investigated, but a source told Newsday that Rivas-Majano may have been targeted when he agreed to become an informant.

The agreement between police and the teen was likely struck two years ago, when Rivas-Majano was in custody on multiple weapons charges. The charges against him had quickly downgraded and he was subsequently released.

Newsday reports transcripts from that court proceeding have been sealed.

Nassau police arrested Carlos Benitez-Hernandez, 21, of Uniondale, in connection to the slaying.

Benitez-Hernandez, a self-admitted MS-13 member, pleaded not guilty in a court arraignment to second-degree murder on Thursday.

There are also four other suspects with links to the murder already in county or federal custody.