NEW YORK (AP) Funeral services have been held for a teenager affectionately known as Junior, whose brutal stabbing death last week shocked a Bronx community.
Thousands flocked to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Wednesday to say farewell to Lesandro Guzman-Feliz. The 15-year-old boy was attacked by a group of men outside a bodega June 20. He died after being slashed in the neck with a machete.
The crowd chanted “Justice for Junior!” as pallbearers dressed in Yankees jerseys loaded the casket into a hearse.
Eight suspects have been arrested on murder, manslaughter and gang assault charges, including six who were extradited from New Jersey.
The killing of Guzman-Feliz, who dreamed of becoming a police officer, has been widely condemned. Authorities say he may have been mistakenly targeted by gang members.