The mother of a teen girl allegedly killed by MS-13 gang bangers was fatally struck Friday after arguing with a driver on her way to a memorial for her murdered child, authorities said.
Evelyn Rodriguez, mother of Kayla Cuevas, became an anti-gang activist after her daughter’s 2016 death. She attended President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this year as a White House guest.
Kayla Cuevas, 16, and her 15-year-old friend Nisa Mickens, both students at Long Island’s Brentwood High School, were bludgeoned to death with bats and machetes by MS-13 gang members, authorities said. Their bodies were discovered less than a day apart.
Rodriguez argued with a driver near the scene of a candlelight vigil for her daughter Friday afternoon in Brentwood. She was struck by the vehicle and died of her injuries. The female driver stayed at the scene and the incident is under investigation. There have been no arrests, law enforcement sources said.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners are saddened to learn of the death of Evelyn Rodriguez, a tireless advocate for victims of MS-13 violence,” said a spokesman for Richard P. Donoghue, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.