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


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.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. I have witnessed first hand these Latinos Justice. He most likely violated a baby sister in the family. These people are Mafia. You better play Gentleman you will live.

  2. This is why I love Kentucky none of this stuff happens in the country part of ky, I swear not going to lie I meet some of the nicest people in their world just doing daily things. Nothing is better🌲🐴🐴🌲

  3. Imagine if someone helped him imagine if he did t get stabbed in the neck he would still be alive he was fighting for his life until he couldn’t anymore it’s so sad that those cops just stood there

  4. If im ever going to america im arming my self to the teeth like i can just feel the pain by watching but hes a warrior for being able to run to the hospital WHILE bleeding out.

  5. those police officers just watched a 15-year-old kid bleed out on the ground and did literally nothing about it and the sad part was is they got paid for it. how is the government going to make us pay for there services if they won't even help a 15-year-old boy when he is literally bleeding from his neck and dieing on the ground, pathetic.

  6. We need comprehensive knife reform to keep these dangerous assault knives out of the hands of criminals. No one should have access to a knife like that!!!

  7. Why would they randomly attack him like that for no reason he must of done something… None the less R.I.P no one deserves to die that way.

  8. Give them mf the green light, code of the streets. No children, women and innocent people. In Los Angeles street politics. Those gang members would've gotten the green light.

  9. the cops and the people watching all failed at being human. i don’t understand how you can just watch a man bleed to death without helping him. rip junior ❤️ we love you

  10. I'm beginning to see why so many people are opposed to more immigration from latin american countries… these gangs are terrifying…

  11. they plea NOT GUILTY? And start crying WTH those dudes deserve to eat a small meal once a day and give no type hygiene equipment and be locked up with no free time (recess or books) and no family visits or calls. Just sit in a cell look at the wall and watch yourself get old until you die of age.

  12. He was alive but then someone slashed his neck that was the one that killed him. That last one. He was alive after but the stupid shop person sent him out with a slashed neck. People could of helped him. Police. But they didn’t.

  13. So Horribly Sad. They need police on EVERY CORNER armed with assault weapons to gain control back and save our youth. Gangs are out of control and not the least bit intimidated by adults; just ready to fall into the trap of jail or death.

  14. "Two police officers were watching."
    Isnt that what they do once the damage has been done? Its like protocol or something.

  15. 1 part they forgot to add is that Junior was in the NYPD Explorer Program, so he was in a program for teens who want to become officer's in the future. You can see drawings of him in uniform 6:37 and 0:36 in his uniform.

  16. These ppl are coward how all of them against one unarmed
    For the first Time i think that Trump us right to completely shut the door on these people coming to the United states

  17. and the horror in their voices when he arrived at the hospital is heartbreaking. couldn’t even grasp the thought of having to go through this

  18. People didn’t help because they probably thought it was a prank.

    Imagine getting kidnapped in the middle of the street, people just laugh at you. Your heart sinks. You can’t cry for help. People ignore you.
    Our lives are messed up nowadays.

  19. I’ve seen this twice and my heart hurts for Junior’s mom, family and friends.

    Very troubling and senseless crime and to be thrown out of the market as his life was fading is also troubling. I understand the fear of getting involved but sometimes you have to risk doing the right thing.

  20. I cried so hard watching this I literally screamed every time he got stabbed my heart goes out to his mom's and family I couldn't imagine losing my son like this 😭😭😭

  21. I hope the guy who stabbed his neck gets tourtered in the worst way possible like bruh junior handled all dem stabs well R. I. P

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