A teenage girl who apparently tried to stop her friend from being kidnapped outside a school in Long Island, New York, was beaten to death, and a second body has been found amid the search for the abducted girl, authorities said Wednesday.
Nisa Mickens, 15, was discovered dead Tuesday night outside of the gate of Loretta Park Elementary School by a passing motorist, who called 911, KTLA sister station WPIX reported.
Mickens had at least 10 significant injuries, leading police to believe that she was fatally beaten and then possibly struck by a car, investigators told the New York City-area station.
The teen was walking with her friend, 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, when people approached the pair and tried to kidnap Cuevas, according to Mickens' family.
Mickens was apparently trying to fight off the kidnappers when she was killed, according to police. She was left in the street to die, WPIX reported.
The following day, investigators found a body matching the description of Cuevas in the backyard of a home less than 50 yards away from where Mickens died, according to the station. Authorities have not identified the second victim yet.
Police suspect that the incident was not a random crime.
“There are indications that the crime – that the assault … may be committed by members of a gang," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. "It’s a very active investigation, but there are some indications that there are gang involvement.”
Nisa Mickens would have turned 16 years old Wednesday, the slain teen's distraught mother told the station.
"I have to bury my child," Elizabeth Alvorado said.
As for the circumstances under which Mickens was found, after possibly trying to protect a friend, Alvorado said, "My daughter is very resilient. She worries about other people before worrying about herself."
No arrests have been made in the case, and police did not provide a description of the killer or killers.