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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2018
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.
Can’t believe this heartbreaking news. Evelyn Rodriguez has died. Evelyn was a friend of @FoxFriendsFirst & appeared on our show many times fighting against gangs & honoring her daughter’s memory. So sad to hear this news. https://t.co/w1WeNmtcjb
— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) September 15, 2018
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.
Evelyn Rodriguez has passed away. Terrible news. RIP
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) September 14, 2018
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) September 15, 2018
“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.
I still can’t believe what happened. I saw my friend Evelyn Rodriguez get run over today. I called 911 and held her hand as she was dying. I am devastated and can’t imagine how her family feels. I always admired her strength and compassion after her daughter Kayla’s murder.
— Eileen Lehpamer (@ELehpamer12) September 15, 2018
Suffolk County mourns the loss of Evelyn Rodriguez, a mother who lost her beautiful daughter Kayla, at the hands of the vicious and cowardly gang MS-13. From the moment I met Evelyn, I was struck by her incredible courage.
— Steve Bellone (@SteveBellone) September 15, 2018
— Amy Goodridge-Bakst (@AmyGoodridgeBak) September 15, 2018
My heart goes out to the family of Evelyn Rodriguez who died today in front of the memorial for her daughter Kayla. I cannot even begin to fathom the pain their family is going through just two years after Kayla’s tragic murder by MS-13. My prayers are with them this evening.
— Liuba Grechen Shirley (@liuba4congress) September 15, 2018
This is so terribly sad. Evelyn Rodriguez was a woman dedicated to fighting for safer streets, after her daughter’s murder, at the hands of MS13. And her death is just one day after the 2-year anniversary of her daughter’s murder. https://t.co/LyxHnVk3e4
— Stacey Sager (@staceysager7) September 14, 2018
“I’m not here for anybody’s political gain,” Evelyn Rodriguez told me before attending the State of the Union. “I just want what’s right to be done.” Evelyn died today, run over by car before memorial for her daughter, Kayla, killed 2 years ago by MS-13. https://t.co/H8GyOtcpMM
— Liz Robbins (@nytlizrobbins) September 15, 2018
Rip beautiful Lady. You can now console, hug, and care down your beautiful baby girl in heaven. #EvelynRodriguez STOP the gang violence. #StopTheViolence Put her killer, the driver who ran over her body several times behind bars. #ny #nyc #LongIsland pic.twitter.com/zCUcaiop4L
— c cintron (@ChicaCintron) September 15, 2018
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