A violent New York City gang has issued an apology for allegedly murdering the wrong teenager in the Bronx.
The victim, Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was pulled from a Cruz and Chiky grocery store and brutally stabbed with a machete on the street Wednesday, the New York Post reported.
The news outlet explains:
“I’m sorry,” one of the messages from a “top leader” said, according to Derek Grullon, 19, the boyfriend of the victim’s sister, Genesis.
“I know it doesn’t mean a lot. It wasn’t supposed to be him,” the message continued.
The message was given to relatives after members of Trinitarios, a notorious street gang, allegedly killed Guzman-Feliz. In a two-minute Snapchat recording, members also said those responsible for the murder were kicked out of the gang.
The video did nothing to console the family.
The teen’s grieving mom, Leandra Feliz, 48, told the news outlet her son was her "angel."
“He was a sweet child,” she said. “But they killed my son like he was junk.”
How was the victim described?
Guzman-Feliz was described as "a snazzy dresser who liked jeans and Air Jordans.” His family and friends knew him as “Junior.”
The teen wanted to become a police detective and was enrolled in the NYPD Explorers program, according to his mom. The program is geared for youths ages 14 to 20 who are interested in law enforcement careers.
“Since he was 5 years old, he told me, ‘Mommy, I want to be a police,’ ” Feliz told the New York Post.
Police on Sunday had not yet caught the suspects.
“I have no reason to live my life,” Feliz said. “They kill him. They kill me, too. I’m ready to die. You can put me with my son.”
The gang mistakenly believed the teen was responsible for posting a sex video online that involved a relative of one of his attackers, according to the report.
“He [the gang leader] said they kicked all of them out of the gang,” Grullon said.
“We cried. He was innocent.”
Police told the New York Post they are investigating if the Trinitarios are involved in Guzman-Feliz’s death and in the serious injury of a 14-year-old who was stabbed more than a dozen times Monday near Bronx River Parkway and Gun Hill Road.
Please note that the following surveillance video footage of the attack on Guzman-Feliz contains graphic images.