A member of the MS-13 gang pleaded guilty Monday to his role in the quadruple murder of four young men he believed were rival gang members in a Long Island park last year.
Josue Portillo, along with two female associates, lured five young men, including the four victims, to a community park in Central Islip on the evening of April 11, 2017, court records show.
Portillo, who was 15 years at the time of murders, met with several MS-13 associates “in a wooded area behind the park where they distributed weapons and discussed the plan to kill the victims,” federal prosecutors said.
The female gang members brought the victims to the wooded area and sent Portillo a text message detailing their exact location.
There, Portillo and other gang members killed Justin Llivicura, 16; Michael Lopez, 20; Jorge Tigre, 18, and Jefferson Villalobos, 18, according to his guilty plea.
They used machetes, knives and wooden clubs. A fifth intended victim escaped.
Portillo, who was 15 years and 11 months old at the time, was charged as an adult. Portillo, now 17, is a member of the Leeward Locos Salvatruchas clique of the La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, according to authorities.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. As an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, he faces deportation after his sentence is completed.
“I will forever suffer the pain knowing how senseless these murders were,” Portillo said in Central Islip Federal Court. “None of the victims deserved to die.”
Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue hailed the outcome.
“We hope the victims’ families can find some measure of solace in knowing that the perpetrators of these murders are now being held responsible for their crimes,” he said in a statement.
Others charged with playing a role in the murder are Alexi Hernandez, 20; Santos Leonel Ortiz-Flores, 19; Omar Villalta, 22; Edwin Diaz, and six juveniles. Their cases are pending.
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