Six suspects in the murder of an innocent teenager in the Bronx will be extradited from New Jersey, joining a two others who were arrested in the Bronx in the brutal killing of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz.
With the #JusticeForJunior hashtag trending in remembrance of Guzman-Feliz, who was affectionately known as Junior, the six defendants appeared in court in Paterson and waived extradition. They will head back to New York City to face charges for their alleged respective roles in the attack outside a bodega on East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue in the Tremont section, in what authorities believe was a case of mistaken identity that left the entire community outraged.
They were identified as:
–Jose Muniz, 21, of Paterson
–Jose Taverez, 21, of the Bronx
–Manuel Rivera, 18, of the Bronx
–Danel Fernandez, 21, of the Bronx
–Joniki Martinez, 24, of Freeport
–Santiago Rodriguez, 24, of the Bronx
Kevin Alvarez has already been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, gang assault and assault after he was arrested Sunday. The NYPD announced later Tuesday that an eighth man, 23-year-old Elvin Garcia, of Manhattan, was arrested in the Bronx and will also be charged with murder.
“This investigation is not over,” said Chief Dermot Shea of the NYPD Detective Bureau. “The brutal nature of this crime, we will leave literally no stone unturned.”
Authorities say the men are all members of a gang, which is also believed to be involved in the stabbing of a 14-year-old on the Bronx River Parkway last week.
Guzman-Feliz was dragged out of the bodega and then slashed in the neck with a machete around 11:40 p.m. last Wednesday. He attempted to run to St. Barnabas Hospital, located just a block away, but collapsed on the sidewalk.
Authorities said one of the suspects jumped out the window and had to be chased down. An additional person was picked up in the Dominican Republic and is currently cooperating with the investigation, with no charges filed.
Alvarez appeared in court Monday, was remanded and is due back in court on Friday.
Tuesday people payed their respects to Junior.
The NYPD said they added extra staff to the CrimeStoppers tip line because they received a “torrent of tips” related to the case. The public is urged to continue to provide information, and anyone with information should call 1800-577-TIPS.