NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The bodega where Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was killed reopened its doors Thursday, despite some push-back from the Bronx community.
The store on East 183rd Street in the Belmont section is under new management with NYPD officers standing guard.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 1/20 Thursday Morning Forecast
The bodega had been closed since June 20 when police say members of the Trinitarios gang dragged Guzman-Feliz from inside and killed him.READ MORE: Reaves, Fox Score 2 Each As Rangers Beat Maple Leafs
Members of the community said the store’s former owner did not do enough to stop the 15-year-old’s death.
“If I had done more, I would have been exposed and there would have been a memorial candle for me and my partner,” he said after the attack.MORE NEWS: Nets Hold Off Wizards' Rally, Beat Washington
Friends of Guzman-Feliz said they would prefer the space to be turned into a community center or church.