8 gang-related men charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of Bronx teen

Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed outside the Zesarina Supermarket in New York City last week.


All eight men linked to the horrific murder of a 15-year-old, who was hacked to death with a machete outside a New York City deli, have been indicted on charges of murder, manslaughter and gang assault, according to reports.

WCBS reported that the suspects appeared in the Bronx criminal court.

Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who dreamed of becoming a police officer and was a member of the NYPD Explorers program, was picked up strength outside Bronx bodega and assaulted by a group of men who stabbed him repeatedly as he tried to escape, videos. He was knifed in the neck and died while running to St. Barnabas Hospital three blocks away.

“The brutal character of this crime, we will leave literally no stone unturned until we make sure that we are for justice and we will ensure that everyone involved in this incident are brought to justice,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said following Tuesday night of the arrest of the last suspect, Elvin Garcia, 23.

Clockwise from top left: Manuel Rivera, Jose Taverez, Santiago Rodriguez, Jose Muniz, Daniel Fernandez, Joniki Martinez, who are all on charges in the killing of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz.

(Fox 29/Passaic County Prosecutor)

The seven other suspects were seen by a judge in New Jersey, earlier on Tuesday, and agreed to be extradited to New York.

They were identified as Jose Muniz, 21, of Paterson, N. J., Joniki Martinez, 24, of Freeport, N. Y., Jose Tavarez, 21, Manuel Rivera, 18, Daniel Fernandez, 21, Santiago Rodriguez, 24, and Kevin Alvarez, 19 — all from the Bronx, new york

The alleged members of the Dominican “Trinitarios” gang are believed to have killed Guzman-Feliz because they are wrong identity for another young man that sex tape with one of the gang members, the sisters, the police sources told the New York Post.

Since the monitoring of the teen’s death surfaced on social media and was broadcast on major news outlets, it caused great social unrest and national attention.

“Gang members drag a young teenager from a bodega and then hack him to death repeatedly with a knife and a machete deserve to rot in prison for the rest of their life,” Councilman Ritchie Torres said after the arrests.

More than 1,000 mourners attended a funeral for the Guzman-Feliz Wednesday.

“We will pray for him … as a community to say no to the violence and gang life and all the evil that is in the root on the death of the innocent the death of Junior Guzman-Feliz,” Rev. Jonathan Morris said during the service.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wants to find a way to honor his memory by naming a part of the Explorers program after him.

“We want the next generation of young people who want to serve in the police know about the young man, who not get a chance to, and be inspired by him,” de Blasio said during “In City Hall,” a live broadcast on NY1.

Fox News’ Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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