Guardian Angels recruit residents in Brentwood, Long Island, after 4 bodies recovered

BRENTWOOD, Long Island (WABC) -- The Guardian Angels are looking to recruit more people to patrol the streets of Brentwood.

"We're going to make a difference," a participant said.

Nearly a dozen people handed out fliers. They know their group is small, but they believe change has to start somewhere.

"I care. All these kids are our kids and if we don't take a stand then they won," said Deborah Kirnon, a resident.

Kirnon says the gang and drug problem in Brentwood has been going on for over a decade.

The murders of 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas and 15-year-old Nisa Mickens along with finding the remains of 19-year-old Oscar Acosta has sent shock waves through this community.

Longtime residents say the key is to harness that anger into making Brentwood a better and safer place to live.

"We have some parents that are very frightened for their children. Parents are not going to work to make sure their kids are safe. Kids are scared and that's very sad," said Benjamin Garcia, a Guardian Angel.

A second set of remains found Wednesday have yet to be identified.

Suffolk County police believe all were the victims of gang violence.

Many say the police can't solve the problem without the community's help.

"We're getting more and more people to join. We're going to take our streets back. This is our home. This is where we are raising our kids and these animals need to go," a resident said.
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