YONKERS, N. Y. – Ten alleged members of a violent Bronx street gang have been charged in two Yonkers murders.
Six are accused of killing 16-year-old Ka’Shawn Phillips, who was fatally shot and stabbed on Sept. 3, 2005, near 78 Saratoga Ave. Four others were charged in the death of David Avila-Gomez, who was slain Sept. 4, 2009, near Mount Carmel Place.
The group was charged Wednesday as part of a take-down of 40 alleged members of the Bronx Trinitarios Gang. Federal authorities say together they are responsible for a total of nine murders and 24 attempted murders in the Bronx and Yonkers.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian Crowell said the take-down marked a “significant step to improve upon the safety and quality of life for the good citizens of Manhattan, Marble Hill and Yonkers neighborhoods.”
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described the Bronx Trinitarios as a highly organized criminal machine that trafficked drugs and ruthlessly guarded its turf. Authorities said the group often targeted its violence toward members of rival gangs, which included Bloods, Crips and Latin Kings.
“These charges remind us that the gangs of New York are alive and well, but we are dedicated to extinguishing them one by one,” Bharara said in a statement.