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Murderers Of 15-Year-Old Aspiring Cop Stabbed To Death Outside Bronx Bodega Sentenced To Prison

By Holly Matkin and Sandy Malone

New York, NY – Sentencings are finally over for the last of more than a dozen gang members who brutally murdered a 15-year-old aspiring police officer with knives and a machete in the Bronx in 2018.

Accused Los Sures Trinitarios gang members Gabriel Ramirez Concepcion, 30, Danel Fernandez, 26, Jose Tavarez, 26, Ronald Urena, 33, and Danilo Payamps Pachero, 26, were all sentenced on Jan. 13 to 12-to-18 years in prison for their roles in the death of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, WNYW reported.

Seven of the eight other men previously convicted in connection with the teen’s murder are currently serving life sentences, according to the news outlet.

“All of these men took part in one of the most disturbing murders this city and nation has ever seen,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark told WNYW.

Many of the 13 suspects convicted in connection with Guzman-Feliz’s death are not U.S. citizens and will be deported after their prison sentences have been served, according to the news outlet.

“Our prosecution against all 13 defendants involved in the murder ends today,” Clark told WABC. “It brings closure in the criminal justice aspect, but does not bring an end to the pain Junior’s family and friends still suffer. They will never recover from their immense loss, but we hope it brings some peace to the community in knowing that these defendants will be in prison for years.”

Guzman Feliz’s mother, Leandra Feliz, thanked the court for sending her son’s killers to prison, but said true justice is yet to be served, WNYW reported.

“I wish to have my son back. And I want to thank you. I want to say thank you God,” she said. “But I’m still waiting for the divine justice. The divine justice will come for them too.”

The violent attack occurred at approximately 11:40 p.m. on June 20, 2018, after Guzman-Feliz told his mother that he was heading downstairs to give a friend $5 that he owed him, WABC reported.

While he was outside, the attackers began chasing Guzman-Feliz. The teen took off running into a bodega on East 183rd Street, the New York Post reported.

“He tried to run into the store because he thought he’d be safe,” the victim’s sister, 17-year-old Genesis Collado-Feliz, told the paper. “They dragged him from the store like a dog. They were grown men and he was only 15.”

Surveillance footage from outside the store showed the teen being dragged from the store by his hood.

The attackers then held him down, while one hacked at him with what appeared to be a machete, the video showed.

Another stabbed him repeatedly with a smaller blade.

The video showed the men then fled the scene in multiple directions, and left the teen stumbling and bleeding to death on the street corner.

Guzman-Feliz ran towards St. Barnabas Hospital, and collapsed just outside, the New York Post reported.

Video footage showed the blood-soaked teen as he sat on the ground.

He begged for water as he died, investigators said.

Investigators said the gang members actually targeted Guzman-Feliz by mistake and that they’re intended victim was one of their rivals, WNYW reported.

Investigators said the murdered teen was not affiliated with any gangs, according to WNBC.

Guzman-Feliz dreamed of becoming a police detective, his mother told the New York Post shortly after her son was murdered.

“Since he was 5 years old, he told me, ‘Mommy, I want to be a police,’” Feliz, a native of the Dominican Republic, recalled. “He was just waiting to graduate and study criminal justice. And be a police.”

The teen even joined NYPD’s Law Enforcement Explorer program, which was established to teach and mentor youth between the ages of 14 and 20 who are interested in becoming law enforcement officers.

The New York City Police Foundation established a college scholarship in Guzman-Feliz’s honor after his murder, WNBC reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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