Rihanna and Cardi B pay tribute to murdered teen
- Author: Jon Douglas Jun 28, 2018,
Jun 28, 2018, 0:23
He along with seven others are facing charges of murder, manslaughter, gang assault and other assault charges in the killing of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz.
Guzman-Feliz was dragged from a bodega near his home in the Belmont section of the Bronx on June 20 and stabbed and slashed with a machete and knives in an apparent case of mistaken identity.
Guzman-Feliz was left bleeding to death and screaming on the corner with his hands raised before running across the street to a hospital, police said.
The suspects appeared in Passaic County Superior Court Tuesday for an extradition hearing before Judge Ernest M. Caposela.
A seventh suspect, 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez, is facing the same charges.
A source told PIX11 that one gang member was angry because a relative was featured in a sex video and thought Guzman-Feliz was in the video. "In the neck, in the main artery going through heart", Feliz said, according to the New York Post.
Guzman-Feliz's murder has gained widespread attention on social media.
"The brutal nature of this crime, we will leave literally no stone unturned until we make sure that we get justice and we make sure that everyone involved in this incident are brought to justice", NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said in announcing the latest arrest. They were identified as: Jose Muniz, 21, of Paterson, Jose Taverez, 21, of the Bronx, Manuel Rivera, 18, of the Bronx, Danel Fernandez, 21, of the Bronx, Joniki Martinez, 24, of Freeport and Santiago Rodriguez, 24, of the Bronx.
"They killed not only my son, they killed me too", his mother Leandra Feliz said. Earlier this week, rap star Cardi B who hails from the Bronx, donated $8,000 to the family's GoFundMe and criticized police for their slow response to the violent attack. "It's good because they have to pay but I want my son back". The description says the family is struggling financially since Junior's death was "so sudden and tragic". "These Bronx streets are ruthless". Alvarez is charged with second-degree murder, gang assault and other charges.
A few days ago, Bronx native Cardi posted about the murder, expressing outrage at the ways police officers target people of color and contribute to their deaths but don't do enough to help them when necessary. The bloodied 15-year-old is seen re-entering the store and collapsing on the counter.
"The senseless nature of this horrific tragedy hit all of our communities, in every #NYC neighborhood, very hard", New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said on Twitter with the hashtag #JusticeForJunior.