Lesandro Guzman-Feliz

NYPD

Wake Held For 15-Year-Old Bronx Boy Who Was Stabbed To Death; 7 Arrested

June 25, 2018 - 8:07 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Police have arrested a total of seven men in a mistaken identity murder of a 15-year-old boy in the Bronx.

Visitation for the boy, Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, was held Monday evening.

“I need justice for my son,” Lesandro’s mother, Leandra Feliz, said at the wake. “That’s my jewel and my little baby.”

“My heart is broke, it’s really broke,” said Lesandro’s father, Lissandro Guzman. “Thank you for everybody here.”

Dozens of tips from the community led police to the seven suspected gang members seen on surveillance video dragging Lesandro out of a deli on the corner of Bathgate Avenue and East 183rd Street last Wednesday and stabbing him repeatedly in the neck.

He managed to run to St. Barnabas Hospital, which is a block away, but he didn’t survive.

The NYPD has identified one of the susepects as 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez. He faces second-degree murder, manslaughter and gang assault charges. Other suspects were picked up during a raid in Paterson, New Jersey. 

Speaking on CBS2, Leandra Feliz earlier expressed relief and grief following the news of the arrests.

"It's good because they have to pay but, this is, I want my son back. If they can give me the life of my son, I'd be happy," she said.

"We want them all to pay, we want them all life without parole," the boy's aunt told CBS2.

A family member told CBS2 that gang members posted a Snapchat apologizing for the attack.

“It was somebody else, but they confused him,” the family member said, “and they said sorry, they apologized, and they send their condolence. But he’s gone. That doesn’t change anything.”

Meanwhile, there is a large outpouring of support for the family.

"He was truly an angel. He was an explorer. He is a junior police officer. He was working to be a cop," said Jefferson Paulino, who added candles to a huge makeshift memorial outside the deli which has been shuttered since the murder.

Lesandro’s family also set up a GoFundMe page titled “Justice for Junior,” which has raised more than $150,000.

The victim was a member of the NYPD Junior Explorers and dreamed of being a police officer.