On Thursday, Leandra Feliz will attend an important court hearing where all 14 murder suspects in her son’s savage slaying will be together.
Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz, 15, was killed at a Bronx bodega by alleged members of the Trinitarios gang on June 20. He was dragged from the bodega and attacked at 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue by a group of men who believed the teen was a member of a rival gang. Guzman-Feliz suffered a lethal slash wound to his neck. The teen ran toward St. Barnabas Hospital up the block, but he collapsed and died outside.
It’s been four months since the teen’s killing. Junior’s mother recently moved to a new apartment in the Bronx with better building security.
“I’d like to be enjoying this home with him,” Feliz said.
There are pictures and paintings of the teen on the apartment walls. Feliz said she feels safer in her new home. Junior was a member of the NYPD Explorers program. His jacket from the group is in a shadow box on one wall that was gifted by the NY Yankees, Junior’s favorite baseball team.
The first big hearing in the case since July is on Thursday.
PIX11 has learned the prosecution team is seeking DNA swabs from all of the suspects to compare with DNA retrieved in some of the getaway vehicles.
The 14 defendants, all of them alleged members of the Trinitarios gang, are being held in different jails around the city. A couple of them were even sent to Suffolk County, Long Island to be separated from the others.
Feliz, who recently returned to her housekeeping job at St. Barnabas Hospital—the same facility where her son died—said she plans to be at every hearing in court connected to her son’s murder.
“I’ll be there and I’ll be ready,” she said.