Teen girl killed while trying to stop friend’s kidnapping; second body found during search

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. -- A teenage girl was found dead Tuesday night and on Wednesday a second body was found matching the description of her missing friend who was allegedly abducted after the teen was beaten to death, police say.

Nisa Mickens, 15, was found dead Tuesday night on the side of a road and a passing driver called the sighting into 911.

The victim had at least 10 significant injuries that led police to believe she had been beaten to death and might have been struck by a vehicle, investigators say.

Mickens and her friend, 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas, were walking in the area when Mickens' family say they believe gang members tried to kidnap Cuevas.

Investigators said Mickens appeared to try fighting off the kidnappers, but was killed, her body left alongside the road.

Investigators spoke with Mickens' family, who are distraught.

"I have to bury my child," said Elizabeth Alvorado, Nisa's mother, in front of their home.

Her daughter would have turned 16 on Thursday.

Kayla Cuevas is missing after her friend Nisa Mickens was killed trying to save her from being kidnapped in Brentwood.

Kayla Cuevas is missing after her friend Nisa Mickens was killed trying to save her from being kidnapped in Brentwood.

As for the circumstances under which Nisa 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," she said.

At least a half dozen officers and detectives returned to the crime scene Wednesday night and cordoned off the area. Around 5:15 p.m., they found another body behind a home in a cul-de-sac just a few dozen yards from where Mickens's body was found.

Investigators said the second body fits the description of Cuevas.