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Justice for Junior: Teen’s accused killer has face slashed in prison gang fight, officials say

One of 14 suspects jailed for the mistaken-identity slaying of New York slaying of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was reportedly slashed in the face at Rikers Island this week.

The attack involving Manuel Rivera, 18, a suspected member of the Trinitarios gang, occurred Tuesday morning, according to the New York Daily News. Officials said the culprit, Tyreek Johnson, 21, was re-arrested and will be charged in connection with the slashing.

Surveillance cameras reportedly caught the incident. Sources told the Daily News that jail staff had difficulty locking down the other inmates due to malfunctioning jail doors.

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“We are moving aggressively to stop gang activity, and the upcoming installation of high-tech body scanners will help catch the kind of weapon that inmates often use in attacks like this,” Department of Correction Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Peter Thorne said in a statement. “There were no faulty cell doors involved in this incident.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, surveillance cameras captured a group of men dragging Guzman-Feliz, 15, outside a Bronx bodega before attacking him. The injured teen could be seen stumbling inside the bodega before exiting and making a run for the hospital. The teen reportedly took his last breaths mere steps away from the emergency room.

Reports indicated that police suspect the teen was mistaken for a rival gang member.

Rivera is charged with murder, manslaughter, gang assault and assault with intent to cause injury with a weapon in connection with the teen’s slaying. In addition to Rivera, the following 13 men—all suspected members of the Trinitarios gang—have been arrested in connection with the June 20 murder:

  • Luis A. Cabrarasantos, 25;
  • Frederick Then, 20
  • Danilo Payamps Pacheco, 21;
  • Danel Fernandez, 21;
  • Jose Muniz, 21;
  • Ronald Urena, 29;
  • Santiago Rodriguez, 24;
  • Kevin Alvarez, 19;
  • Elvin Garcia, 23;
  • Joniki Martinez, 24;
  • Jose Taverez, 21;
  • Diego Suero, 29;
  • and Gabriel Ramirez Concepcion, 26

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[Featured Image:  Manuel Rivera/Passaic County Prosecutor; Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz/NYPD via AP, File;]