Evelyn Rodriguez, Mother of Daughter Murdered by MS-13, Is Slain at Memorial for Her Daughter

President Trump posted condolences to the family of Evelyn Rodriguez, the mother of a teenage girl murdered by MS-13 gang members, who was killed in a confrontation at a memorial to mark the second anniversary of the slayings of her daughter, Kayla Cuevas, 16, and her friend Nisa Mickens, 15. Rodriguez was hit and killed by an SUV driven by a woman whom Rodriguez and a man had confronted about taking down a memorial to the girls. Rodriguez was killed on the same street as her daughter, two years to the day, on Long Island, New York.

The parents of the slain girls, including Rodriguez were invited by Trump to attend the State of the Union address before Congress earlier this year.

Evelyn Rodriguez, White House Photo.

President Donald J. Trump welcomes State of the Union honored guests, from left to right, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez and Elizabeth Alvarado and Freddy Cuevas, to the Oval Office at the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The State of the Union guests will be seated with First Lady Melania Trump, as they are recognized by President Trump during his speech. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead.

Trump wrote, “My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez this evening, along with her family and friends. #RIPEvelyn,” and linked to a New York Post article.


News 12 Long Island was on the scene when the fatal confrontation occurred.

…News 12 was on site before the incident to cover a candlelight vigil planned for the evening. News 12 was told that a memorial to the two girls was set up in front of a home, when a homeowner came out and started to dismantle it.

News 12 cameras were rolling when Evelyn Rodriguez and a man were confronting a female driver in an SUV. It appeared that Rodriguez and the man were yelling at the driver. The man is seen pushing the car.

It was then that the car accelerated and ran over Evelyn Rodriguez. Police say she was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead”…

Video and photo (below) of Rodriguez confronting the driver of the SUV shortly before being run over. (Click here if video won’t play.)

Rep. Pete King (R-NY) posted early news about Rodriguez. King worked with Rodriguez against MS-13.

Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini released a statement on Rodriguez.

Suffolk County Police statement.

Videos of Evelyn Rodriguez speaking out about her daughter’s murder earlier this year.

UPDATE: News 12 Long Island reporter Eileen Lehpamer wrote overnight of holding Evelyn Rodriguez’s hand as she died.

“I still can’t believe what happened. I saw my friend Evelyn Rodriguez get run over today. I called 911 and held her hand as she was dying. I am devastated and can’t imagine how her family feels. I always admired her strength and compassion after her daughter Kayla’s murder.”


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