In a heart-breaking tragedy that shocked a Long Island community, Evelyn Rodriguez was run over and killed while protecting a memorial to her daughter, who was murdered by the vicious MS-13 gang.
Now the stunning motive of the killing has been revealed.
A terrible tragedy
Evelyn Rodriguez became a spokeswoman against the horrific crime of the MS-13 gang after they murdered her daughter.
But on a horrible day in September, she was run over and killed while protecting the memorial she had set up to her daughter.
Many suspected that it was an MS-13 revenge killing, since she was publicly speaking out against the gang, but the real motivation was much more mundane.
58-year-old Annmarie Drago is accused of running over Rodriguez after a fight over the memorial because she believed it was bringing down the property values in the neighborhood.
Prosecutors say that Drago was trying to sell her mother's home, and that she tore down the memorial in order to make sure the home sold at the highest price.
Her attorney said it was an “accident” but prosecutors says AnneMarie Drago was trying to sell her mothers house an… https://t.co/IlduVKXkJh— Carolyn Gusoff (@Carolyn Gusoff) 1543598478.0
When Rodriguez was told about Drago ripping down the balloons and other mementos, she raced to confront her.
After an altercation, prosecutors allege Drago ran down Rodriguez, who died later at a hospital.
"She did not want to lose that money from the closing," claimed Rodriguez' friend, Vanessa Lopez. "So for twenty stupid thousand dollars, Evelyn is dead. This is disgusting!"
Drago faces up to four years in prison if convicted. She was released without bail against the wishes of the Rodriguez family.
Evelyn Rodriguez was killed two years to the day after the murder of her daughter, at the exact same place.
Here's the video of the charges against Drago:
Rodriguez was recognized by President Donald Trump at his State of the Union speech. The president made it part of his campaign to root out and prosecute members of the MS-13 gang.