Funeral to be held for mother of alleged MS-13 victim

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A funeral will be held Friday for a New York mother who turned grief over her daughter’s killing into a crusade against MS-13 gang violence.

Evelyn Rodriguez’s funeral Mass will take place at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Brentwood, the epicenter of the fight against MS-13 on Long Island.

On Sept. 14, Rodriguez was struck and killed by an SUV at her slain daughter’s memorial site after a heated confrontation with the driver.

The 50-year-old Rodriguez was hit near the site where her 16-year-old daughter Kayla Cuevas’ body was found beaten and slashed two years ago to the day. Cuevas’ friend, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens was also killed.

Rodriguez was recognized by President Donald Trump at a State of the Union and sat alongside him at a gang violence forum in May.

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