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Sunday, Jan 19, 2014  |  Updated 11:20 PM EDT
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Day Laborer Killed in Long Island Home Invasion

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Day Laborer Killed in Long Island Home Invasion

After a day laborer was shot and killed during a home invasion in Eastport, advocates for Latino immigrants say they're still frequent targets of violent crime in Suffolk County. Greg Cergol reports.
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Authorities have arrested a Long Island man on murder charges in connection with the death of a man last month in a home invasion.
 
Suffolk County police say they arrested the 22-year-old East Moriches man Saturday night. Police say that on Dec. 8 at about 3 a.m., he and another masked suspect entered the home in Eastport, announced a robbery and shot two men before fleeing.

Police said 45-year-old Francisco Pirir was pronounced dead and another man who was shot in the hand was treated and released from a local hospital.

Investigators suspect the gunmen targeted the house believing that the seven day laborers living there kept cash inside.

Pirir, a landscaper who was living in the home with his two brothers, was supporting a wife and four kids in Guatemala.
 
The suspect was awaiting arraignment Sunday. Authorities did not know if he had a lawyer. 
 
Police are still looking for the second suspect.

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