A New York City gang apologized for the murder of a 15-year-old boy Saturday, claiming they had mistakenly butchered him with machetes after confusing him with someone else.
Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was murdered Wednesday by members of the Trinitarios, a Dominican street gang operating in NYC. His sister and mother began receiving Facebook messages from gang members apologizing for the murder Saturday, saying “We had the wrong person,” the New York Daily News reported. Police said the intended target was likely a teen boy who appeared in a sex tape circulating locally on social media and looked like Guzman-Feliz. (RELATED: Time’s Up For MS-13 Gang Members)
“He has never been in any fight, never, in 15 years,” the boy’s mother, Leandra Feliz, said. “He was innocent. He never grew up on the streets. He was with me all the time… A little kid, alone with no weapon. Five men with machetes came for one little kid. These are men, not kids.”
Feliz told reporters that her son’s dream was to become a police officer and that he was already a member of the Explorers, a New York City Police Department program that connects high school-aged kids with police officers for mentoring. (RELATED: Discussing Gang Violence Is Apparently Worse Than Gang Violence)
Police arrested six men in connection with the killing, and a “JusticeForJunior” hashtag exploded over Twitter once surveillance footage emerged. The oldest suspect was 24.
when a 15 year old boy is jumped and stabbed by a group of grown ass men, while no one helps, and i mean NO ONE, He literally ran himself to the hospital before bleeding out outside the hospital, it says enough about the world we live in. #JUSTICEFORJUNIOR pic.twitter.com/i22sdPNuB6
— azzah (@azzahdavis) June 22, 2018
The sex tape that reportedly spurred the murder showed a teenage boy rapping while another teen boy had sex with a girl whose face is covered. Police believe the gang members mistook Guzman-Feliz for one of the teens in the video.
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