King: MS-13 victim’s mom killed by car at memorial service
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman who was recognized by President Donald Trump at the State of the Union after her daughter was killed by MS-13 gang members has been struck and killed by a car at her daughter’s memorial.
Congressman Peter King says Evelyn Rodriguez of Long Island was hit Friday evening, about an hour before a planned memorial for her daughter, Kayla Cuevas, in Brentwood.
A spokeswoman for the Suffolk County Police Department did not immediately provide details about the crash.
Cuevas and her 15-year-old friend, Nisa Mickens, were killed in the Long Island neighborhood that has become the epicenter in the fight against MS-13 violence.
The gang is blamed for dozens of killings on Long Island since 2016. Trump has blamed the violence on lax immigration policies.