Bronx Teen Murder: 13th Suspect Arrested in 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz Stabbing

New York police have arrested a 13th suspect in connection with the stabbing of a teenager in the Bronx.

Ronald Urena, 29, was arrested on Sunday and charged with murder, manslaughter, gang assault, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the deadly machete stabbing of 15-year-old Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz on June 20, according to a statement from the NYPD sent to Newsweek.

Urena told reporters in Spanish that he was innocent and that he wanted his sister to take care of his daughter, the New York Daily News reported.

Guzman-Feliz, who was 15 years old, was stabbed in June in what police thought was a case of mistaken identity. Investigators believed the suspects were tied to the Trinitarios gang. The gang had also been accused of an attack on a 14-year-old on the Bronx River Parkway in New York in June.

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Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in June. A 13th suspect connected to the teen's death was arrested on Sunday. NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT

A 12th suspect was arrested in July. Luis A. Cabrarasantos, 25, was pulled over by Connecticut state troopers on July 9, when authorities realized he was wanted in connection to the teen's murder.

Jose Muniz, 21; Jose Tavarez, 21; Kevin J Alvarez, 19; Elvin Garcia, 23; Danel Fernandez 21; Joniki Martinez, 24; Manuel Rivera, 18; Diego Suero, 29; Gabriel Ramirez Concepcion, 26; Santiago Rodriguez, 24; and Danilo Payamps Pacheco, 21, were all charged with multiple offenses related to Guzman-Feliz's death.

Junior dreamed of becoming a police officer and had signed up for the NYPD Explorers program. In an opinion article written by New York Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill in the New York Daily News, he wrote that the teen's death had sparked "outrage" throughout the city and the nation. The police commissioner said losing Junior was like "losing a family member" at the NYPD.

"We have a family feeling in the department, and Lesandro's murder is like losing a family member that we didn't even know we had," O'Neill wrote.

The New York City Police Foundation set up a scholarship in Lesandro's name in June. The award will grant two NYPD high school graduates who wish to continue careers in law enforcement a $5,000 tuition reimbursement.

"The murder of Junior has sent shock waves of sadness across our city," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Junior's life was taken too soon, but it will not be in vain. This scholarship will help more young New Yorkers learn about law enforcement and public service, and ensure that Junior's legacy will never be forgotten."

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