On Wednesday, a group of men brutally attacked and killed Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, a 15-year-old boy who aspired to be a detective. The men dragged him out of a Bronx bodega and repeatedly stabbed him. As reports state that the attackers mistook him for someone else (they reportedly apologized to the family for Junior’s death), there’s been an outpouring of support. A family member started a GoFundMe account that has now received $190,000 – far exceeding the initial $15,000 goal. Many who were “disgusted” by the footage of the crime have called police to provide tips. But it’s not just his community that is rallying behind his family; it’s also celebrities who are providing support and using their platform to draw awareness to this case. Both Carmelo and La La Anthony and Cardi B have backed the family as they mourn.
This is what I wanted to do for my birthday today. Thank you to the gram for connecting me to this family. I wanted to offer our love and support to Lesandro “Junior’s” family. His sister @__octobersveryown__ reached out and told me he loved Melo. So I asked Mel to go with me. I can’t imagine this type of pain and sadness. His family is strong and may God bless them forever. Seeing his family smile when we walked through that door is something I will never forget. Putting my arms around his mom is something I will never forget. Being in his room is something I will never forget. Pls go to his sister in laws page @c0co__amor to donate to this family. (& before it starts…we did more than bring jerseys and sneakers) just do what YOU can even if it’s $1.. this family will be in my heart forever #justiceforjunior #justiceforjunior
After Junior’s sister contacted La La and informed her that her brother was a big fan of Carmelo, she took action. “This is what I wanted to do for my birthday today,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you to the gram for connecting me to this family. I wanted to offer our love and support to Lesandro ‘Junior’s’ family… I can’t imagine this type of pain and sadness. His family is strong and may God bless them forever. Seeing his family smile when we walked through that door is something I will never forget. Putting my arms around his mom is something I will never forget. Being in his room is something I will never forget.”
La La finished the post by encouraging her followers to donate money to help the family during this trying time.
A few days ago, Bronx native Cardi posted about the murder, expressing outrage at the ways police officers target people of color and contribute to their deaths but don’t do enough to help them when necessary. While she didn’t initially publicize her contribution, she made an $8,000 donation under her real name – Belcalis Almanzar.
#justiceforjunior R.I.P. .These Bronx streets are ruthless .What piss me off the most is that these BX cops be harassing the shit outta people then they see a boy bleeding to death and ask what happen ?“uuuummmmmmmm How bout you call the ambulance like ya be calling for back up when ya see nikkas smoking in front of a building !!!!! People be like”call the police!” Call the police!!” But for what the operators be asking you questions for like 4 minutes on the phone with an attitude and the cops come maaa lateeee.
When Leandra, Junior’s mom, posted a video message thanking Cardi, the Trini-Dominican rapper followed up with a bilingual message. There, she encouraged her large following to contribute.
Shheeeshhh this made me teared and made me feel soooo special like i feel maa special .Senora yo se que sus noche asido largas Triste talves Llora y despierta pensando que era una pesadilla .Pronto usted sentira mas protejida porque vas a sentir su hijo y vas a haver senales que el SI esta contigo.Que su familia tenga Paz pronto y que Dios siempre tenga su hijo en Gloria ….There’s a gofundme account for Junior make sure ya check it out !
Police have arrested six men – Jose Muniz, 21, of Paterson; Jose Taverez, 21, of Bronx, New York; Manuel Rivera, 18, of Bronx; Danel Fernandez, 21, of Bronx; Joniki Martinez, 24, of Freeport, New York; and Santiago Rodriguez, 24, of Bronx – in connection to this murder. Online, people are using the hashtag #JusticeforJunior as they call for law enforcement to act swiftly in this gruesome crime.