Hundreds gathered in NYC for a memorial to mourn the death of Junior Guzman-Feliz. Alleged gang members savagely murdered the 15-year-old with machetes outside of his local bodega in a case of mistaken identity. Surveillance footage of the incident went viral with the hashtag #JusticeForJunior, and gained national attention with celebrities like Rihanna and Cardi B sharing it.
“I love the kid. He’s a good kid. Caused no problems,” explained family friend Gerald Foreman. “He don’t be out here, he’s not a gangbanger, he goes to school. And they took that away from him.”
All eight suspects have been caught and charged with murder and gang assault. According to family friends, Junior had no gang affiliation and dreamed of joining law enforcement.
“What kid in the hood wants to be a cop? I think that is like, the most productive thing in American to me. That you want to protect and serve your own people,” said Foreman. “And they didn’t give him the change to do that.”
Foreman also started his own petition to change the street’s name to Junior Avenue, so that his family can be reminded of him every day. It would also allow his story to survive through generations of Bronx residents.