THE BRONX — A jury reached a guilty verdict Thursday for five men charged with the June 20 slaying of Bronx teen Lesandro "Junior" Guzman Feliz.
Leandra Feliz — Junior's mother — spoke out after the guilty verdicts were read out for Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, Manuel Rivera, Elvin Garcia, Jose Muniz and Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago on Friday.
"I'm not going to have my son back but those killers, those murderers are not going to be outside killing other kids," she said. "We have to stop the violence and we have to save the city."
Junior’s older brother, Manny Ortiz also spoke.
"I am very, very excited, very happy," Ortiz said. "We want life without parole, as a family, life without parole for those rats."
He hugged friends and family outside the courtroom after the verdict was delivered.
His brother was brutally slain nearly one year ago. Trinitarios gang members chased Junior into a Bronx bodega, then dragged him out. The teen was attacked with knives and a machete. He tried to make it to a nearby hospital, but collapsed on the sidewalk.
Junior was a member of the NYPD Explorers program and dreamed of a future as a police officer. New Yorkers and people around the world demanded justice for the teen after his death.
"Junior came to symbolize all of the young people who have lost their lives to brutal gang violence," Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. "Today's verdict fortifies the Bronx community's stand against violence."