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Mom of MS-13 victim, honored by Trump, is fatally mowed down by a car at daughter’s memorial site

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Tragedy again struck the family of a young girl killed by MS-13 gang members in New York as her grieving mother was fatally hit by a car.

Exactly two years from when her 16-year-old daughter Kayla Cuevas and best friend Nisa Mickens were beaten and stabbed to death, Evelyn Rodriguez was fatally struck by a driver during a confrontation, Long Island News 12 reported.

Rodriguez, who was thrust in the spotlight last January when she attended President Trump’s State of the Union Address, was killed just before a candlelight vigil honoring her daughter’s memory.

The president tweeted a message on Friday reacting to the news in a report by The New York Post.

According to Long Island News 12:

News 12 was on site before the incident to cover a candlelight vigil planned for the evening. News 12 was told that a memorial to the two girls was set up in front of a home, when a homeowner came out and started to dismantle it.

News 12 cameras were rolling when Evelyn Rodriguez and a man were confronting a female driver in an SUV. It appeared that Rodriguez and the man were yelling at the driver. The man is seen pushing the car.

It was then that the car accelerated and ran over Evelyn Rodriguez. Police say she was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead.

 

Charges had not yet been filed against the driver who stayed on the scene and called 911 but the homicide squad of the Suffolk County Police was reportedly investigating.

Rodriguez had been actively working to combat gang-related violence, speaking about the MS-13 problem which has been a widespread problem in Long Island as she focused on her crusade to eradicate gangs following the tragic murder of her daughter in 2016.

The young girls were beaten with baseball bats and hacked with a machete in Brentwood by illegal immigrants who were members of the notorious MS-13 gang. Trump came under fire for calling members of the brutal gang “animals” earlier this year but the attacks backfired as Democrats were called out for seeming to defend the gang  whose motto is to “rape, control and kill.”

New York Rep. Peter King mourned the death of Rodriguez, paying tribute to the 50-year-old mother in a series of tweets.

“It’s too much to believe that so much bad could happen to one good person,” King told News 12.

News of her death shocked many who emotionally reacted and honored her on Twitter.

Frieda Powers

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