A gang leader has ‘apologised’ after a 15-year-old boy from the Bronx was dragged from a shop and brutally butchered with machetes, in a case of mistaken identity.
They got the wrong guy, was the explanation that members of the New York gang gave after they slaughtered innocent Lesandro Guzman-Feliz.
According to the New York Post, the boyfriend of the victim’s sister, Derek Grullon, 19, received messages on Facebook from men claiming to be part of Trinitarios, a notoriously violent Dominican gang.
The stabbing murder of this young man is among the most brutal crimes I’ve seen in my 36yr career. @NYPDDetectives are working hard to capture these killers, but we also need your help. Watch this video and call #800577TIPS with any information you can provide. #JUSTICEFORJUNIOR pic.twitter.com/h6QxmGtEsx
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) June 23, 2018
Grullon told the New York Daily News:
They said, ‘We had the wrong person’
He told the New York Post:
We cried. He was innocent.
Detectives say a homemade sex tape posted to Facebook that may have sparked the attack, with the gang members potentially mistaking Guzman-Feliz for a similar-looking curly haired young man who faces the camera in the tape.
Police say a nude young woman in the video might be related to one of the attackers and they are investigating whether he rallied his friends to seek revenge.
Guzman-Feliz, known as Junior to his loved ones, had dreams of joining the police and his mother paid tribute to her ‘sweet’ son.
Leandra Feliz, 48, said:
He was my angel. He was a sweet child. But they killed my son like he was junk.
Since he was 5 years old, he told me, ‘Mommy, I want to be a police
He loved the police car [He said], ‘I wanna drive the police car’.
They stabbed my son in the neck, in the main artery going to the heart.
They opened a hole in his neck with a machete.
That’s why my son die. I hugged and kissed my son. I said, ‘Oh my God! Who am I going to wake up to go to school?
Tell me, what bad thing that a kid like that do? Five men with machetes? A kid with no weapon. Alone. Why kill him like that?
He was just waiting to graduate and study criminal justice. And be a police.
I have no reason to live my life. They kill him. They kill me, too. I’m ready to die. You can put me with my son.
Even the hardened Chief of the NYPD police department was shocked at the brutality of the attack, saying ‘The stabbing murder of this young man is among the most brutal crimes I’ve seen in my 36 year career’.
A member of Junior’s family set up a GoFundMe page, saying:
I opened up a GoFundMe account for my brother in law and he’s family due to financial difficulties at this moment since he’s death was so sudden and tragic.
He was 15 yrs old and was stabbed to death by a group of multiple men. Anything donated will be greatly appreciated. We appreciate your help and your prayers thank you very much.
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