New York City police investigating the brutal murder of a teen outside of a grocery store on 183rd Street this week now say the victim might not have been the intended target.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, surveillance video uploaded to social media appears to show a group of men drag the 15-year-old, later identified as Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, out of the store and slash him with a machete and another bladed weapon.
According to the New York Post, investigators are pursuing leads that suggest Guzman-Feliz was attacked by mistake, with his killers believing he uploaded a disturbing sex video including himself and the relative of one of the attackers.
After a group of five individuals attacked Guzman-Feliz, the victim was able to run a short distance toward an area hospital before he collapsed and died of his injuries.
The suspects drove away from the scene in two vehicles.
The investigators trying to solve his murder represent the teen’s professional aspirations, said his mother, Leandra Feliz.
“His dream in the future was to be a detective,” she said. “Since he was 5 years old, he told me, ‘Mommy, I want to be a police.'”
At the time of his death, Guzman-Feliz was enrolled in an exploratory program for aspiring law enforcement officers.
Feliz said her son was never in trouble and had no affiliation with any gangs. She said she was unaware of any reason he would have been targeted.
“Not that I know of, because my son never had any problems,” she said. “In his 15 years, he never had not even one fight with nobody, not even in the school. And all his friends love him.”
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