Leniz Escobar, Also Known as “La Diablita,” Found Guilty of Helping MS-13 Lure Four Young Men to Their Deaths in New York

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A woman who was accused of helping the MS-13 gang kill four young men on Long Island in 2017 has been found guilty on all counts, federal prosecutors said Monday. Leniz Escobar was convicted in connection with her participation in the April 11, 2017 murders of Justin Llivicura, Michael Lopez, Jorge Tigre and Jefferson Villalobos.

Escobar, now 22, faces up to life in prison when she is sentenced.

Escobar, also known as “La Diablita” or “Little Devil,” allegedly lured five men to a park in Central Islip to smoke marijuana. When they got there, the victims were attacked by gang members with machetes, knives, an axe and wooden clubs, prosecutors said.

One ran off, but the other four were killed. Prosecutors say the MS-13 members believed the victims were “members of a rival gang, at least two of whom had disrespected the MS-13 by posting photos on social media.”

The four victims — who were between the ages of 16 and 20 — were found hacked to death with what police described as “significant trauma” wounds that Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said at the time indicated the work of MS-13.

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