BRONX, N.Y. — Loved ones will say their final goodbyes on Wednesday to a 15-year-old whose dream of becoming a police officer ended last week in a brutal machete attack outside a Bronx bodega.
Funeral services for Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz have been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in the Bronx, according to the church.
The teen’s killing was captured on surveillance video and sparked widespread community outrage.
Guzman-Feliz was dragged outside the bodega and set upon by a gang of men who hacked at him as he struggled to defend himself. He was slashed in the neck and died after running to a hospital three blocks away.
Hundreds of mourners attended a wake on Monday for the teen.
A petition has circulated calling for Guzman-Feliz to be buried with NYPD honors. The teen was a member of the NYPD Explorers Program and aspired to become a detective.
The department has not returned PIX11 News’ requests for comments about the call for burial honors.
A “prayer and commitment service against gang life and violence” is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 1 at the church where Guzman-Feliz’s funeral is to be held.