An irate Long Island woman who fatally struck the grieving mother of an MS-13 victim sparked the deadly confrontation by trashing a memorial for the dead teen, the mom’s friends told The Post on Saturday.
The mother, Evelyn Rodriguez, who attended President Trump’s State of the Union Address earlier this year to bring attention to the slaying of her 16-year-old daughter, Kayla Cuevas, and Cuevas’ friend, Nisa Mickens, 15, was setting up flowers, balloons and photos on Ray Court in Brentwood for a vigil to mark the second anniversary of Cuevas’ death. The girls’ bodies were found in a nearby wooded area.
The angry woman, who has not been arrested or identified by authorities, had been trying for months to sell the vacant home adjacent to the memorial, and apparently blamed mourners who frequented the area for her inability to unload the property, mourners claimed.
She popped balloons, stole photos of the dead teen, dismantled a table, grabbed votive candles and threw the whole lot in the back of her white SUV, pals of Cuevas’ family said.
Rodriguez, 50, and her husband, Freddy, confronted the woman in an attempt to get back their property, the friends said. But instead, the woman tried to drive away and ended up hitting Rodriguez, police said.
The woman, who could not be reached for comment, stayed at the scene and called 911, said Suffolk County cops.
“They were just trying to retrieve their daughter’s picture, that’s what happened,” said family friend Noel Vega, 41. “How can somebody be so malicious and hostile over a memorial? On the anniversary of the day they found her dead daughter back in those woods. It’s bulls–t.”
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SOURCE: New York Post, Kenneth Garger and Ben Feuerherd