The Passaic County Prosecutors Office announced Monday afternoon that they arrested six of the suspects on suspicion of murder in Paterson, New Jersey, late Sunday afternoon, NJ.com reported.
Authorities in New Jersey say 21-year-old Jose Muniz, 21-year-old Jose Taverez, 18-year-old Manuel Rivera, 21-year-old Danel Fernandez, 24-year-old Joniki Martinez, and 24-year-old Santiago Rodriguez are also under arrest in connection with the case.
He entered a plea of not guilty.
Seven men are being held in connection with the brutal machete murder of Bronx teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz. The teen was seen on video being dragged outside of the deli by the assailants. 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.
“When you look at where he was assaulted and the proximity of the hospital, it explains the nature of the wounds – that he expired so quickly”, said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.
And in 2015, gang members were accused of stabbing and breaking bottles over a man they thought was a member of a rival group. Kevin Alvarez is suspected in the vicious attack on Lesandro Guzman-Feliz outside of a bodega in the Tremont section of the Bronx, an act of violence left the entire community outraged. The victim is in critical condition. Sources tell WPIX that a gang member was angry because a relative was featured in a sex video.
The murder of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, is believed to be a gang related case of mistaken identity. “My son was my son, but he was my best friend”, Lisandro Guzman told the Daily News.
“A sweet kid, lovely kid with a good heart”, his mother, Leandra Feliz, said.
A large memorial formed outside the bodega where Guzman-Feliz was killed. After Guzman-Feliz goes back outside, where he died, the customer reaches over the blood on the counter to complete a transaction and the worker can be seen making a phone call.
Their extradition to NY could happen as early as Tuesday.
New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill was among the hundreds who attended his wake.
He wrote on the page: “Hey everyone I opened up a gofundme account for my brother in law and he’s family due to financial difficulties at this moment since he’s death was so sudden and tragic”.