NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is holding its first safety summit for bodega owners Thursday in the Bronx.
More than 50 owners are expected to attend the event.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 1/16 Sunday Morning Forecast
The summit comes in response to Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz’s brutal killing back in June.
The 15-year-old was dragged out of a bodega and stabbed to death by several alleged members of the Trinitarios gang in what police called a case of mistaken identity.READ MORE: Nets Rout Pelicans But Lose Durant To Sprained Left Knee
“We look forward to listening and learning from the NYPD on how to keep ourselves & our patrons safe,” Radames Rodriguez, president of the United Bodegas of America, said in a statement.
Some residents said the bodega owner did not do enough to protect Guzman-Feliz, but he defended himself, saying he called 911 twice and did all he could.
“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 in Spanish after the attack.MORE NEWS: 40-Year-Old Michelle Alyssa Go Killed After Being Pushed In Front Of Oncoming Subway In Times Square; 'Absolutely Senseless Act Of Violence'
Thursday’s summit is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Metropolitan College on East 149th Street.