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MS-13 Member From LI Found Guilty Of Fatal Shooting Of Man Targeted Due To Football Jersey

Central Islip federal courthouse.
Central Islip federal courthouse. Photo Credit: File

A member of the MS-13 street gang was convicted of murdering a rival gang member who was identified at the scene by the football jersey he was wearing at the time of the shooting on Long Island.

Jose Suarez, 24, of Central Islip, was found guilty of charges that include murder, racketeering, and multiple counts of assault and weapons charges, by a jury in Central Islip federal court this week. His first trial had ended in a mistrial earlier this year.

According to prosecutors, Suarez and other gang members assaulted two men who disrespected their gang and injured a woman who was at the site of the Central Islip deil where Brentwood resident Esteban Alvarado-Bonilla, 29, who was an alleged member of the 18th Street Gang, a rival of MS-13.

Alvarado-Bonilla is believed to be a rival gang member due to the Peyton Manning No. 18 jersey he was wearing when he was killed at the El Campesino deli in January 2017. A female clerk was also wounded in the incident and had to be hospitalized.

Suarez becomes the latest MS-13 gang member to be targeted by prosecutors and local law enforcement. In recent weeks, members have been sentenced for an attack that left a teenager paralyzed, murdering a second pair of teens and others have been indicted for their roles in a murder spree.

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