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Body of Teen MS-13 Member Found in Queens Park

Police say the body found in a park in Queens was a 16-year-old member of the MS-13 gang.

The body of Julio Vasquez was discovered Sunday. Police say he was stabbed 28 times in the back and had at least six wounds in his chest. He had been dead about a week.

Police say the body apparently was dumped in the park but they believe he was killed elsewhere.

There was no apparent connection to the spate of gang killings in suburban Long Island, east of where the teen's body was found. MS-13 has been blamed for the deaths of at least 11 mostly young people in Brentwood and neighboring Central Islip since the start of the school year. The violent street gang has ties to El Salvador.

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