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Victim’s family says MS-13 “Little Devil” has to pay the price

Relatives of the Long Island men who were lured to their deaths by an MS-13 follower known as “Little Devil” told The Post that the 22-year-old, who was convicted of murder on Monday, deserve the worst.

“For me personally, just kill her,” a cousin of massacre victim Michael Lopez Banegas said of Linez “Diablita” Escobar

“End them. Make her suffer as she made her suffer,” said the man, who asked not to be named. “She didn’t swing the machete, but she was the one who got it there.

Escobar lured Lopez Banegas and three other youths to a part of Central Islip to smoke marijuana on April 11, 2017 — but he was actually leading them into a trap with machetes by MS-13 gangsters.

“She lured them. That’s where I lose my remorse,” the victim’s cousin told the Post. “She was the traitor, the doppelganger.”

Prosecutors said during closing arguments that Escobar even licked the blood from her lips after watching the four men being slaughtered by the notoriously vicious gang.

The jury deliberated for about three hours last week and took just 16 minutes Monday morning to find Escobar guilty on all counts of murder and racketeering in her federal trial.

Justin Llivicura, Jefferson Villalobos, Michael Lopez Banega and Jorge Tigre.
Leniz Escobar lured Jorge Tigre (far right) and her other victims to a park, where they were ambushed by machete-wielding MS-13 gangsters.

She faces life behind bars when she is sentenced on September 14.

Federal prosecutors said Escobar does not face the death penalty because she was a minor when charged in connection with the bloody massacre.

Only one intended target escaped with his life and survived to testify against Escobar.

The other four – Lopez Banegas, Jorge Tigre, Jefferson Villalobos and Justin Livicura – were hacked to death by the gang and found the next day.

“She must pay the price, in this life or the next,” Tigre’s uncle Carlos Ullajuria said in Spanish, just hours after Leniz “Diablita” Escobar was found guilty of murder and racketeering by a federal jury.

“She deserved it because it’s her fault my family lost someone,” said Ullajuria, 29. “None of us are angels. We all make mistakes. But not like that, not what she did. It’s very painful. For me it was very hard, very painful.”

Police set up a crime scene in a park in Central Islip, Long Island where four mutilated bodies of young men were found on April 13, 2017 in Central Islip, New York.
Leniz “Diablita” Escobar has been convicted of murder and faces life behind bars.
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George Tigre
Jorge Tigre was one of the victims killed in a park in Central Islip.
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When asked what he would say to his nephew’s killer, he replied, “I’m at a loss for words.”

The jury deliberated for about three hours last week and it took just 16 minutes Monday morning to find Escobar guilty on all counts of murder and racketeering in her trial.

She faces life behind bars when she is sentenced on September 14.

Federal prosecutors said Escobar does not face the death penalty because she was a minor when charged in connection with the bloody massacre.

Escobar lured Tigre and three other youths to a park in central Islip to smoke marijuana on April 11, 2017 – but actually led them into a trap set by MS-13 gangsters with machetes.

Prosecutors said during closing arguments that she licked the blood from her lips after watching the four of them being slaughtered by the notoriously vicious gang.

Police set up a crime scene at a park in Central Islip, Long Island, where four mutilated bodies of young men were found April 13, 2017 in Central Islip.
Tigre’s mother has not yet recovered from the death of her son, her brother said.
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Only one intended target escaped with his life and survived to testify against Escobar.

The other four – Tigre, Jefferson Villalobos, Michael Lopez Banega and Justin Livicura – were hacked to death by the gang and found the next day.

Ullajuria said he was living in his native Ecuador when he received the news.

“When they called me to tell me that we lost part of our family, it was very difficult for me,” he said. “The whole family – my mother, my sister – it was very difficult for all of us.”

Ullajuria said Jorge is the third youngest of six children. He said his sister, Tigre’s mother, never recovered from his brutal death.

“Every time she had to go to court to remember it, she got sick,” he said. “It’s still very difficult for her. She lost her son.”

https://nypost.com/2022/04/11/victims-family-says-ms-13-little-devil-must-pay-the-price/ Victim’s family says MS-13 “Little Devil” has to pay the price

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