Bronx Teen Murder: Trinitarios Gang Members Arrested Over ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz Stabbing

A number of arrests have been made in connection with the stabbing death of a Bronx teenager attacked by a gang of men who pulled him out of a bodega in the Bronx section of New York, in what is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity.

The New York Police Department said suspects were being questioned, and it anticipated further arrests following the killing of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz on June 20.

Officers have not confirmed the number of people arrested so far, but sources told CBS 2 and the New York Post that five alleged members of the Trinitarios gang had been questioned.

One of the identified suspects was 19-year-old Kevin J. Alvarez, reported The New York Times. He has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, manslaughter, gang assault and assault. 

“We thank the public for the outpouring of tips shared and we encourage people to continue to come forward and share them by calling #800577TIPS,” the force said in a tweet.

“Thank God they were caught,” Lesandro’s mother, Leandra Feliz, told CBS 2. “It’s good because they have to pay but I want my son back. If they could give me the life of my son I’d be happy.”

Surveillance footage of the brutal attack showed the 15-year-old boy being dragged outside the store in the Belmont area of the Bronx before being repeatedly hacked and stabbed by a gang of men.

DgfwfkAUYAATvLv Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was killed by a gang of men outside a bodega in the Bronx area of New York. NYPD

Investigators said they believed the killing might have been a case of mistaken identity. Speaking to the The New York Times, chief of detectives, Dermot F. Shea said there was nothing to suggest the 15-year-old victim was “anything but an innocent kid.”

There has been speculation the boy was targeted after the men mistook him for another teenager who is believed to have shared a video of himself having sex with a female relative of one of the suspects.

A leader from the Trinitarios street gang apologized to the boy’s family after admitting it had killed the wrong person, the New York Post reported.

“I’m sorry,” one of the messages read, according to Derek Grullon, 19, the boyfriend of the victim’s sister. “I know it doesn’t mean a lot. It wasn’t supposed to be him.” The men responsible for the attack are also reported to have been kicked out of the Dominican gang because of the killing.

Pop star Rhianna is one of those who have paid tribute to Guzman-Feliz, who dreamed of becoming a police officer. “Can’t stop thinking about this poor baby boy, and how his family must feel right now! I’m sincerely praying for your healing and #justiceforjunior,” the singer wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of the 15-year-old.

GoFundMe page to raise money for the victim’s family has since raised more than $145,000.