Man arrested in Long Island machete killing blamed on MS-13

ROOSEVELT, NY — Police arrested an alleged MS-13 member connected to two Long Island slayings, officials announced Thursday.

Kevin Lopez-Morales, 20 (Nassau County Police Department)

Kevin Lopez-Morales, 20, was charged in relation to remains found in both Roosevelt in 2017 and at Roosevelt Preserve on May 30 of this year.

Human remains found on Oct. 19, 2017 have been identified as Angel Soler. He’d been hacked to death with a machete. The remains found on May 30 were identified as Josue Amaya Leonor, 19.  Officers found Leonor buried 5 feet underground about a mile into a wooded area.

Police have been working closely with Homeland Security in the aftermath of Soler’s death. Information learned in that investigation brought police to the discovery of Leonor’s remains.

MS-13 is believed to be behind 25 killings on Long Island during the past two years. Police have arrested several other individuals connected to the deaths of Soler and Leonor.

Lopez-Morales will be arraigned on Friday.