HICKSVILLE, N.Y. – Nassau County investigators are still looking into whether vandalism was the work of teenager pranksters or hardcore gangsters -- but MS-13 has Hicksville residents in fear.
Violet Avenue is a place where lawns are meticulously mowed and hedges are neatly trimmed but when graffiti from a notorious street gang, known for drugs, murder and human trafficking, was spray-painted on houses and fences Friday night it disturbed the peace of this quiet neighborhood.
"I think it's a big deal," one concerned resident said.
Homeowners quickly cleaned up the vandalism but residents and Nassau county police shared images of the graffiti with PIX11.
MS-13 is an international street gang with strong ties to Central America and presence to both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
One resident who was afraid to appear on camera said it was "upsetting" to the community.
Meanwhile, in Brentwood, there was candlelight vigil for15-year-old Nisa Mickens and 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas – two teens whose beaten bodies were found last week.
Authorities said there are indications that the murders were done by members of a gang.
Law enforcement sources tell PIX11 the prime suspects were members of MS-13. Their double homicide case has shed a harsh light on the battle against MS-13 that has taken place in Brentwood.
Hicksville residents hope the graffiti isn't a sign of trouble to come.
"I hope it was one person randomly marking things up," another resident said.
No arrests have been made in either case.