A funeral was held Wednesday morning in East Patchogue for the youngest of four murder victims whose bodies were found in a Central Islip park last week. Police believe the murders may be related to the gang MS-13.
The body of Justin Llivicura was carried out of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church by those who loved him dearly.
Hundreds of mourners stricken with pain and disbelief came to say good-bye to the Bellport High School teen whose cousin said was a calm kid, one who would back away from fights because he never wanted a problem.
“I want to say thank you for everybody to coming to….I don't have words, I don't have words to say,” said Justin’s uncle, Ramiro Llivicura who says his nephew grew up with his daughter.
Following the funeral, Justin’s mother spoke to reporters in Spanish. Joselo Lucero, whose own brother Marcelo Lucero was brutally murdered years ago, explained the sentiments of Justin’s mother on her behalf.
“She has so much fear right now and I think that the seeds, the terror and fear that's being planted on Long Island this moment and I don't think any parent had to bury their son. This is the only boy she has. The only boy, 16-years-old. You know, how you going to feel about this?” said Joselo.
Llivucara's murder, along with those of Jorge Tigre, Jefferson Villalobos and Michael Banegas,may be linked to the violent gang MS-13, Suffolk police have said. Authorities say the way the four were murdered fits the gang's MO. Suffolk County police had a presence at Llivicura's funeral.
The hundreds of mourners on Wednesday included Bishop John Barres of the diocese of Rockville Centre.
“The messages of the resurrection, appearances in the Easter season that we celebrate, is that the disciples and apostles were scared too. They were behind locked doors. So with the power of the risen Christ we stand together against injustice, against violence, against the logic of the culture of death expressed by gang violence,” Bishop Barres said.
Llivicura was the youngest of the four victims found murdered in the Central Islip park and the first to be laid to rest.