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Teen arrested in machete killing blamed on MS-13 gang appears in court

ROOSEVELT, N.Y. — A teenager arrested in the machete slaying of a 15-year-old found dead on Long Island last year has pleaded not guilty.

Josue Figueroa-Velasquez is accused of killing a teen whose body was found on Long Island in October 2017. (Nassau County Police Department)

Eighteen-year-old Josue Figueroa-Velasquez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday on murder charges in the death of 15-year-old Angel Soler, of Long Island.

Angel’s remains were found last October in Nassau County.

Authorities say Angel was attacked by a group of people and was hacked to death with a machete in July.

The killing has been blamed on the MS-13 gang.

Figueroa-Velasquez is represented by Legal Aid. Two other people also have been charged in Angel’s killing.

Also on Wednesday, unidentified human remains believed to be the victim of MS-13 were found in Roosevelt.

MS-13 is believed to be behind 25 killings on Long Island during the past two years and has become a target of President Donald Trump.