5 individuals have been convicted of homicide Friday within the. Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Jose Muniz, Manuel Rivera and Elvin Garcia have been discovered responsible on all 4 counts they confronted, together with first-degree homicide, second-degree homicide, conspiracy and gang assault.
Prosecutors say the boys charged have been a part of the Trinitarios gang and mistakenly believed the sufferer, Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, was a part of a rival gang faction. The 15-year-old was seen on surveillance footage being dragged out of a comfort retailer earlier than he was surrounded by a big group outdoors and attacked with knives, together with a machete.
The boy ran to a hospital, the place he later died. The disturbing video drew shock and outrage throughout New York Metropolis. Guzman-Feliz’s household and supporters rallied across the hashtag #JusticeforJunior.
The 5 convicted Friday afternoon have been amongst 14 charged general in reference to the case.
On Thursday, jurors requested to rewatch the graphic surveillance video and to rehear testimony alleging the homicide was deliberate to focus on a member of the rival “Sunsets,” reviews CBS New York.
Throughout closing arguments, some jurors have been seen crying as post-mortem pictures have been displayed. Guzman-Feliz’s mom, Leandra Feliz, wept and screamed at instances in the course of the emotional trial.
Guzman-Feliz aspired to be a police detective and was a member of the NYPD Explorers program for highschool college students. New York police commissioner James O’Neill was amongstfinal yr.
“My son was child. He solely was 15 years outdated. He was doing one of the best within the college on the time when that tragedy occurred,” Leandra Feliz stated after the decision was introduced. “He was within the Explorers program. He was a very good child. He had by no means been into any downside in his life till these killers murdered my son.”
Bronx District Lawyer Darcel Clark stated the younger man “got here to represent all the younger individuals who have misplaced their lives to brutal gang violence.”
“At the moment’s verdict fortifies the Bronx neighborhood’s stand towards violence,” Clark stated.
The 5 defendants may face life in jail when they’re sentenced subsequent month.