How a Gang Hunted and Killed a 15 Year Old in the Bronx | NYT – Visual Investigations

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A group of gang members armed
with machetes and knives. A teenager hunted down and dragged from a
New York City bodega. Then swarmed
by attackers outside. The vicious murder
in June of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz just blocks from
his Bronx home drew outrage from across
the city and beyond. The incident revealed the
barbaric tactics of a gang called the Trinitarios and
it laid bare a glaring paradox: Amid historically low
crime rates in New York, police are still struggling
to contain brutal violence in some neighborhoods. The footage went viral and with rumor and
speculation about why the 15-year-old boy known
as Junior was singled out. We obtained footage from
multiple security cameras and cell phones. We talked to police sources, family members and
other witnesses. Our investigation
retraces Jrunior’s last steps and uncovers new details that may
answer why he was targeted. It’s Wednesday, June 20th. Junior is on summer
break from school. He’s at home with
his mother. At 10:05 p.m., security footage
shows Junior leaving home to meet his friend Jason
Velez at this corner. They hang out on a stoop close
by, chatting and listening to hip-hop, according to Jason. At around 11:30, Junior leaves, and two minutes later
security cameras catch him on this corner
passing near his home. He was walking toward
Adams Place, a small street about five minutes away that’s known for
gang activity. Friends and family told us
that Junior wasn’t in a gang and the police have no
such indication either. But some of his friends were,
and he had been hanging out with them
at Adams Place recently. On his way there, Junior was in touch
with this friend, who lives on Adams place and who,
according to our reporting, is not in a gang either. The friend says he told
Junior not to come over because it was late. At 11:35, a security camera films
four cars driving slowly past the stoop where Junior’s
friend and some others were sitting. The friend says they felt
things were getting dicey and went inside. The cars briefly stop
at this intersection, and then turn left in the
direction of Junior’s path. According to police, the drivers
spot Junior and taunt him. Junior begins to run
and the cars give chase. The cars then split up
and appear to surround him. It’s 11:37. Junior rushes into this bodega
just one block from his home. In a panic, he tries to hide
behind the counter. But it’s too late. One man, identified
by prosecutors as Jose Tavarez, enters the
bodega and spots Junior. He’s been charged
with these crimes. He leaves and immediately
three other men enter. Police have identified them
as: Danel Fernandez, Kevin Alvarez, and Michael Sosa Reyes, who has not
been charged in relation to Junior’s killing. Parked outside the bodega are
the cars that chased Junior. At least eight other
men are on the lookout. Some armed with
knives. A warning: These next scenes
are hard to watch, and we’ve obscured
some graphic parts. Junior and the bodega
owner appear to have an exchange
with Kevin Alvarez before Junior was grabbed
and beaten on the ground. Then he’s dragged
from the bodega and brutally stabbed by
a swarm of attackers. According to prosecutors,
Jose Munoz first hacks Junior with a machete. Then, Elvin Garcia,
who police say is seen here wearing a mask. Manuel Rivera is accused
of repeatedly stabbing Junior. Antonio Santiago is seen here from this other angle. Prosecutors say that
Jonaiki Martinez gave the fatal stab,
slashing Junior’s neck. Five other people have
been arrested and accused of involvement in the crime. All of the men charged
have pleaded not guilty. It’s 11:39. Junior stumbles back into
the bodega, leaving a trail of blood on the floor. But the owner appears
to direct him away. Junior gestures for
someone to call 911. Then he starts running to St.
Barnabas Hospital, just one block away. He makes it to the
entrance of the hospital before collapsing. Passersby try to help. Witnesses say these
two police officers stood by watching the scene. They are under investigation
for failing to help. Just 20 minutes
later, Junior is pronounced dead as a result of
a stab wound to the neck. How Junior was killed follows a pattern
of attacks by Trinitarios, a
Dominican gang that was born in New York
prisons. In recent months, turf wars have spiked among
rival Trinitario factions. At least 10 other people
have been maimed this summer in tit-for-tat
attacks in the Bronx. Just two days before Junior
was killed, a 14-year-old was seriously injured
in this attack. And on the night
before Junior’s murder, he had witnessed another
stabbing at Adams Place. Junior’s friend,
a Trinitario, had been attacked by a rival
faction and allegedly turned to Junior for help. Is that why Junior
was targeted? We don’t know. But a leading police theory
is the attackers mistakenly believed Junior was
in a rival gang. What we do know is that for
Junior — like many teenagers growing up in gang-afflicted areas — there’s a fine line between
hanging out on the streets and getting caught up
in deadly violence.

99 comments

  1. This is about the most scary thing I can watch considering I don't feel safe and I'm 14. Just makes me very nervous leaving my house

  2. if i was a person with a gun i would have shot them all in the leg and let them bleed up take em to kail and help junior out man but he a man

  3. RIP junior. U were a hero those people are going to and I hope they die junior u were a hero love u man take care in heven

  4. Those 2 cops are useless people just watching the kid dying instead of helping him.if they atleast tried to help he would have been alive today

  5. My question is, why the police just stand there when watching him bleed to death and the owner told the dude to get out? Like why is our society like this?

  6. Why would they do that he was so young, and it was sad when he was running to the hospital because he was not trying to die

  7. Forget that store owner who kicked him out. The cops who are paid to get involved literally just hang around spectating. Shocking!

  8. Those guys should be stabbed to death as well in my opinion. Or at least mutilated and crippled for what they have done.

  9. Let's vote Trump out too cause Trump been bringing violence to our neighborhoods every sense trumps been in office , gotta stop the violence

  10. They are all the same. Don't get involved is the best solution. Let them die…most of them are problem now and future criminals. Robocop and technologies will expose all of them are enemies to any and all. Children believe they are superman at Batman and Robin business.

  11. Please those no good Thugs crying in court little cry babies bunch of cowards they're real tough when they're all out on the streets together now they're gonna pay the Piper The store owner is a piece of crapp also I'm sure this guy had a gun in the store he could have at least helped the kid after he had been stabbed. Where is Al sharpton and Jesse Jackson shouldn't they be there consoling the mother

  12. Omg this is sad all these kids dying bc people are trying to be bloods and crip well u might could do all of that. But just now one thing god is going to get u so u better ask for forgiveness

  13. when the day comes, they all including myself all everyone around the world are going to know when they die, they are seriously going to find out whats in store for them. can you even imagine people in their graves right now begging for a second chance screaming out loud pleading with Allah. if only you and I could hear it, it would turn everyones hair grey from the utter horror.

  14. This is sad what the world has come to but its ok when its finally over god is gonna teach them a lesson

    Edit: the store owner wasnt even helping like -.-

  15. Arrest the shop keepers too did not help the poor guy sad them shop keepers should be charged with letting that happen

  16. I hope that coward store owner has a son at home he has to look at and feel a lifetime of shame for what could have been done to his own child!

  17. The people who done this all deserve to be lined up against a wall and shot. They have nothing to offer humanity so just shoot them all. Filthy jackals. Trump has the right idea deport them back to the cesspit they came from.

  18. If he wasn’t from no gang or had friends that were in it or a girl set him up that he didn’t know about, why did he run?

  19. I cant believe thos this story!! This breaks my heart completely … justice wont ever be served for jr.. I give my whole heart and pray for the families and friends who lost this child
    ..I hope these wannabe men serve everyday without being executed and remember that they took a child a brother a nephew a friend from alot of people and God will take care of the wrongs they did to his child!!! So wrong
    ..I'll never forget this story…God bless!

  20. English isn't my native language so i may be mistaken but if I've understood correctly those rats chased and killed a teen because … he ran away after being insulted?

  21. These are the Mexicans President Trump is trying to eliminate from our country while the Democrats are trying to protect them.

  22. Puerto ricans are so silly. Why have a ridiculous hair style tlike they do. I will say a lil drunk and they almost as pretty as a chick. Fkn Goya beans

  23. “I blame the store owner” yea that makes total sense, let’s not put the blame on the gang members and put the blame on the store owner

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