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Long Island Man Arrested in Fatal Armed Robbery

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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.

    Day Laborer Killed in Long Island Home Invasion

    [NY] 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. (Published Monday, Dec 9, 2013)

    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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