'Be Brave & Stay Strong': Mother of MS-13 Victim Opens Up About Facing Accused Killers in Courtroom
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Three MS-13 gang members showed no remorse Tuesday as they laughed and joked in a New York courtroom in front of the family of one of their alleged murder victims.
Enrique Portillo and brothers Alexi Saenz and Jairo Saenz laughed and grinned amongst themselves as prosecutors said they were waiting to hear from the Justice Department about whether they can pursue the death penalty.
The men are accused of brutally murdering Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, in Brentwood, New York, in September 2016.
Cuevas' mother, Evelyn Rodriguez, appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday to speak out about facing down her daughter's accused killers.Article continues below
"You never think that this could ever happen to you, to your kids," Rodriguez said. "But while you're in court, you just try and focus on something else and just be brave and have hope."
When host Ainsley Earhardt asked if it was difficult to resist leaping over the barrier and going after the gang members in the courtroom, Rodriguez just sighed and nodded.
As for President Trump's vow to crack down on MS-13 by “fixing” immigration laws and supporting law enforcement officers, Rodriguez said she hopes he keeps his word so other parents don't have to go through what she has.
"These individuals are ruthless. They do these crimes and not think about the people that they're hurting," Rodriguez said. "I just hope and pray one day that this stops, because you're talking about kids killing kids."
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