Lesandro Guzman-Feliz Bodega

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Slain Bronx Teen's Father Doesn't Want Bodega Named After Son

August 02, 2018 - 8:42 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Bronx bodega at the center of the murder of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz has changed hands.

The deli has been shuttered since the brutal June 20th murder.

The 15-year-old had sought refuge in the business, but was dragged outside and stabbed to death by alleged gang members in a case of mistaken identity. Some blame its previous owner for not helping Junior in his time of need.

The new owners are offering to name the bodega in the teen's memory, but Junior's father tells NY1 he does not want to see another grocery in its place.

Lisandro Guzman says he would rather see it turned into a safe space for kids and neighbor Sean Clark agrees, saying there are too many kids in the neighborhood who are lured into gangs and drugs.

"Easy money things and they don't want to work for it and I think a community center is what is needed, you know, to give hope, to give them the opportunity to learn, to read," Clark said.

The City Council has already announced that the corner of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue, where the bodega stands, will be named for the teen.

Guzman-Feliz dreamed of becoming a police officer and his death shocked the community.

Twelve alleged Trinitarios gang members were indicted in the case earlier this month.