Guzman-Feliz was a member of the NYPD's Explorers program, a group for youths interested in a law enforcement career.
Cruz and Chiky Grocery in the Bronx's Belmont area was the site of Guzman-Feliz's murder. At the time, NY authorities said charges are pending against the four other suspects they have in custody. "They broke my heart", said Leandra Feliz, Junior's mother. "For me, this life is not happy". "They did him like an animal".
Those men have been identified as Jose Taverez, 21, of the Bronx; Manuel Rivera, 18, of the Bronx; Danel Fernandez, 21, of the Bronx; Santiago Rodriguez, 24, of the Bronx; Jose Muniz, 21, of New Jersey; and Joniki Martinez, 24, of Freeport, New York.
The Guzman-Feliz's family members received messages from men who said they were members of a Dominican gang, the Trinitarios, and that they killed the teen by mistake. One other suspect, 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez, has already been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, gang assault and assault.
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WPIX first reported Sunday that multiple people were taken out of an alleged gang stronghold on East 24th Street in Paterson. Both Carmelo and La La Anthony and Cardi B have backed the family as they mourn.
They are suspected of being members of the Trinitarios gang.
A memorial service is set to be held later Monday. Since he was 5-years-old, he liked to play with police cars.
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Several people have offered their condolences online using the hashtag #JusticeForJunior, including Rihanna. Power star LaLa and National Basketball Association player Carmelo Anthony visited Guzman-Feliz's family and offered financial support, sneakers, jerseys and a painted self-portrait of the Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School student - he was a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder player.