The funeral for 15-year old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz also known as “Junior” held today in The Bronx, New York amidst tears.
Junior, an aspiring police detective was murdered by five men who dragged him out of a grocery store and attacked him with a knife and machete.
Junior was part of the NYPD Explorers, a program for high school students.
They reportedly thought he had leaked a sex tape of one of the gang members’ relatives, CBS news reports.
The traumatic moment was captured by CCTV. Videos of the aftermath surfaced on social media, showing Junior walking to the hospital located a block away, where he died.
A relative of the deceased told CBS News that the gang members believed to be responsible for the murder said it was a case of mistaken identity. The station said a gang member sent the apology via Snapchat.
“They’re just saying it wasn’t for Junior, it was somebody else but they confused them and they said sorry and they apologize and they send their condolences. But he’s gone. That doesn’t change anything,” the relative said.
Eight suspects have now been arrested, police say. Police got help from social media users who protested with the hashtag #JusticeForJunior and gave details of gang members.
Celebrities like T.I, Cardi B, and Jennifer Lopez are calling for justice for the slain teen.
#justiceforjunior 🇩🇴R.I.P. .These Bronx streets are ruthless .What piss me off the most is that these BX cops be harassing the shit outta people then they see a boy bleeding to death and ask what happen ?“uuuummmmmmmm😤😤😤 How bout you call the ambulance like ya be calling for back up when ya see nikkas smoking in front of a building !!!!! People be like”call the police!” Call the police!!” But for what the operators be asking you questions for like 4 minutes on the phone with an attitude and the cops come maaa lateeee.
In wake of the brutal killing of the young man in my city the Bronx, I took the time on the red carpet to ask celebrities “What they think needs to be done to reform our communities” TI @troubleman31 had one of the best responses, but how can we restore hope to our youth? Give me some suggestions below #ripjunior #justiceforjunior #media #betawards2018 #TIP #useyourplatformswisy #fortheculture #bronxraisedme #oncamerahost #falashology #mediamoves #betexperience2018 #oncameratechnique #redcarpet #host #interviews
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Junior’s family and has raised almost $300,000.
Our condolences to Junior’s family.