NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – On June 20, 2018, a gang of attackers chased a 15-year-old boy into a bodega on East 183rd Street in the Belmont section of the Bronx. They beat, dragged and stabbed him. The teen managed to run to Saint Barnabus Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who had dreamed of one day becoming an NYPD detective, died one year ago today.READ MORE: Foo Fighters Set To Rock MSG In First Full-Capacity Show In New York City Since COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted
Last week the first five defendants were found guilty on all charges related to the death. Trinitarios members have said they mistook Guzman-Feliz as a rival gang member. Eight more defendents are awaiting trial.READ MORE: Driver Wanted After Jeep Plows Into Family On Bronx Sidewalk; 'Car Sped Up To Hit Us,' Witness Says
Since Guzman-Feliz was murdered, the community left behind has remained angry and in grief. Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a $19 million package of anti-gang programs named after the #JusticeForJunior movement.Eric Adams: Mayoral Campaign Worker Stabbed In Bronx
This week, another memorial is planned for Saturday.