Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz

Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz

Authorities said tips on the whereabouts of the suspects led them to arrest the alleged Trinitarios gang members in Paterson and in the Bronx.

The gang bangers reportedly mistook Guzman-Feliz for another man seen in a sexually-explicit video featuring a female relative of a Trinitarios gang member. The horrifying video showed Junior running into the store for a moment, begging for help, but the employees there kicked him out to avoid further trouble.

Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx for the funeral of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz as a makeshift memorial continues to grow outside of a bodega where police said he was brutally stabbed last week.

Junior managed to run to Saint Barnabus Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Six other suspects were apprehended in New Jersey and are scheduled to be arraigned in the Bronx Wednesday. On Sunday, police arrested Kevin J. Alvarez of Van Nest following an intense manhunt. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered held without bail by Judge Mary Bejarano.

The suspects believed that Junior was in a sex tape with the sister of one of the reported gang members something that police wasn't able to confirm.

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According to the New York Post cops have made five arrests. Celebrities including Rihanna and The Game have shared the #JusticeforJunior on social media. Speaking Tuesday, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea said the gang is "not new to us" and vowed to crack down on gang violence in the Bronx. Police have arrested 6 additional suspects in connection to the murder, Jose Muniz, 21, Jose Tavarez, 21, Manuel Rivera, 18, Danel Fernandez, 21 Santiago Rodriguez, 24 and Joniki Martinez, 24.

"They have to make sure when they kill someone they have the right person", Lesandro's mother, Leandra Feliz, told ABC 7.

"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. The description says the family is struggling financially since Junior's death was "so sudden and tragic". In an Instagram post she called the Bronx streets "ruthless".

"I need justice for my son", Feliz said. They eventually found him and took him around the counter and outside where they stabbed him multiple times.

A GoFundMe account for Junior's family has raised nearly $160,000 with the help of donations from famous including Cardi B. At the time of this writing, the GoFundMe has raised over $161,000.

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