It's been a long and hard fight for the family of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz. Affectionately called "Junior", Feliz, 15, was brutally murdered in 2018 inside a bodega in the Bronx.
On June 20, 2018 Junior was last seen alive on surveillance footage, both inside and outside, of a Bronx bodega. Junior was murdered in what has now become one of the most brutal and senseless killings the country has ever witnessed.
Junior was stabbed on the street and ran into the bodega for help. He crawled over the store counter and hid, presumably begging the men working at the store to hide him. When his attackers came into the store in search of him. The store clerks pointed him out and essentially delivered him into the hands of his killers.
Those five men pulled Junior from the bodega, while he clung to the door frame in an attempt to get away, and murdered him with machetes and knives. The worst part is, Junior hadn't done anything and this was all a cruel case of mistaken identity.
Originally eight men were arrested but, there were many more involved and the last one has finally plead guilty.
According to Pix11, Danel Fernandez, now 25, was identified on video dragging “Junior”–just 15 years old—out of a Bathgate Avenue bodega.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark announced the plea agreement, saying Fernandez was the last member of the Los Sures set of the Trinitarios gang to plead in the case. He will be sentenced to 18 years in prison next month, instead of facing the possibility of life behind bars, if he was convicted at a murder trial in early 2023.
“This is the last of 13 defendants who had a role in the death of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz to be held accountable,” the district attorney said. “Although the defendant did not stab the victim, his actions led to the horrifying death of the innocent teen.”
The DA’s office was looking to avoid a third murder trial, set to start in January 2023.
Five gang members pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree in the last month–Jose Tavarez, Ronald Urena, Luis Cabrera Santos, Gabriel Ramirez Concepcion, and Danilo Payamps Pacheco. They face prison time ranging from 12 to 15 years when they’re sentenced next month.
We're thankful that Junior's family can now begin to heal after the tragic loss of their loved one. He really didn't deserve this.