A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death by a group of machete-wielding men in a horrific attack in the Bronx.
Graphic surveillance footage obtained bythe Daily News shows at least five men ambush Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz outside Cruz and Chiky Grocery on the corner of E. 183rd St. and Bathgate Ave. at around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, stabbing him in both sides of his neck.
The attack was sparked by an argument inside the store, cops said.
These are people with machetes stabbing a little boy,” said CathyJimenez, 20, a close friend of the family. “He was just a 15-year-old boy who hadn’t started living. These were grown gang members.”
The killers fled in a black sedan, the video shows.
In the cell phone video, the terrified teen can be seen desperately trying to protect himself, then running to St. BarnabasHospital about two blocks away as blood gushes from his wounds.
Witnesses can be heard screaming, “Run to the hospital!”
He ran to the hospital and then collapsed in front of the emergency room. The last words (he said) to his friends that saw him, he was asking for water because he was choking on his own blood,” Jimenez said.
“He didn’t deserve this.”
The youngest of three kids, Junior attended Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School.
He lived with his mother and his older sister a block away from where the attack happened.
Junior loved basketball, riding his bike, and playing PlayStation, his family said.
“He was the most beautiful boy,” Jimenez said. “Very smart.”
Neighbors described the well-liked young man as cheerful and polite.
“He played basketball with my nephews. He was a good kid. Good manners,” said Jacquelyn Reyes, 37. “He was a kid you allowed in your home and to eat at your table.”
The young man’s distraught sister-in-law said all they can hope for now is justice.
“Whoever did this, they don’t deserve to be free — they deserve life in prison without parole. How could they do this to this poor boy? He’s only 15,” said IoneGutierrez, 25.
“He was suffocating on his own blood — it was the main artery they hit.”
Junior’s family members said he was not a gang member, but he may have been friends with somebody who was.
They do not believe the attack was a case of mistaken identity.
“There’s no way,” said his older sister, Genesis Collado-Feliz, 17. “They knew who they were coming for.”