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​New Footage Shows Bodega Owner Trying To Save Teen From Gang

​New Footage Shows Bodega Owner Trying To Save Teen From Gang

New video footage has emerged from the bodega where 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz sought refuge before being murdered, which seems to show that the shop's owner actually tried to help the teen.

Guzman-Feliz - an aspiring NYPD cop - was brutally murdered by the gang in an apparent case of mistaken identity, having been dragged out of the bodega before being hacked to death with the machete.

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The men are reportedly from the Trinitarios gang and are believed to have killed the boy in 'a case of mistaken identity over a sex tape'.

According to the New York Post, cops have made five arrests. A 19-year-old man, Kevin Alvarez, has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and gang assault, the MailOnline reports.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Modesto Cruz, the owner of the bodega where Guzman-Feliz was dragged from, has now spoken out about what happened - having to defend himself after various reports said he 'did nothing'.

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The new CCTV footage shows Cruz trying to help Guzman-Feliz, who rushes into the store before trying to jump over the counter. Initially Cruz looks hesitant to help - which is understandable, given what's going on - but then realises what's happening and helps the teen clamber over.

"I just feel very, very bad," Cruz told ABC7 New York.

Credit: ABC7NY
Credit: ABC7NY

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"I was closing the store, I already passed the key to close the store, when somebody go and jump over the counter," he added.

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"My first reaction was stop it. When he got down I recognized him... When he told me, 'They looking for me', I helped bring him down. But he was so scared, and I remember his face."

Moments later, gang members storm into the bodega, which was when Guzman leaps up to seek refuge behind the counter.

"I tried to hold him down, and he jumped up," Cruz continued.

"The other people coming for him - they saw him."

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The gang members then charged behind the counter and grabbed the teenager, dragging him out of the bodega by his collar.

Credit: ABC7NY
Credit: ABC7NY

Following his death, a GoFundMe page was set up for the family - it has so far raised over $320,000 (£242,000) of a $15,000 (£11,300) goal.

Cardi B, who is from the New York borough, donated $6,000 (£4,540) under her real name of Belcalis Almanzar.

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Rihanna also paid a touching tribute to the boy posting: "Can't stop thinking about this poor baby boy, and how his family must feel right now! I'm sincerely praying for your healing and #justiceforjunior."

Featured Image Credit: ABC7 New York

Topics: World News, News, US News, New York

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]