A group of gang members armed
with machetes and knives. A teenager hunted down and dragged from a
New York City bodega. Then swarmed
by attackers outside. The vicious murder
in June of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz just blocks from
his Bronx home drew outrage from across
the city and beyond. The incident revealed the
barbaric tactics of a gang called the Trinitarios and
it laid bare a glaring paradox: Amid historically low
crime rates in New York, police are still struggling
to contain brutal violence in some neighborhoods. The footage went viral and with rumor and
speculation about why the 15-year-old boy known
as Junior was singled out. We obtained footage from
multiple security cameras and cell phones. We talked to police sources, family members and
other witnesses. Our investigation
retraces Jrunior’s last steps and uncovers new details that may
answer why he was targeted. It’s Wednesday, June 20th. Junior is on summer
break from school. He’s at home with
his mother. At 10:05 p.m., security footage
shows Junior leaving home to meet his friend Jason
Velez at this corner. They hang out on a stoop close
by, chatting and listening to hip-hop, according to Jason. At around 11:30, Junior leaves, and two minutes later
security cameras catch him on this corner
passing near his home. He was walking toward
Adams Place, a small street about five minutes away that’s known for
gang activity. Friends and family told us
that Junior wasn’t in a gang and the police have no
such indication either. But some of his friends were,
and he had been hanging out with them
at Adams Place recently. On his way there, Junior was in touch
with this friend, who lives on Adams place and who,
according to our reporting, is not in a gang either. The friend says he told
Junior not to come over because it was late. At 11:35, a security camera films
four cars driving slowly past the stoop where Junior’s
friend and some others were sitting. The friend says they felt
things were getting dicey and went inside. The cars briefly stop
at this intersection, and then turn left in the
direction of Junior’s path. According to police, the drivers
spot Junior and taunt him. Junior begins to run
and the cars give chase. The cars then split up
and appear to surround him. It’s 11:37. Junior rushes into this bodega
just one block from his home. In a panic, he tries to hide
behind the counter. But it’s too late. One man, identified
by prosecutors as Jose Tavarez, enters the
bodega and spots Junior. He’s been charged
with these crimes. He leaves and immediately
three other men enter. Police have identified them
as: Danel Fernandez, Kevin Alvarez, and Michael Sosa Reyes, who has not
been charged in relation to Junior’s killing. Parked outside the bodega are
the cars that chased Junior. At least eight other
men are on the lookout. Some armed with
knives. A warning: These next scenes
are hard to watch, and we’ve obscured
some graphic parts. Junior and the bodega
owner appear to have an exchange
with Kevin Alvarez before Junior was grabbed
and beaten on the ground. Then he’s dragged
from the bodega and brutally stabbed by
a swarm of attackers. According to prosecutors,
Jose Munoz first hacks Junior with a machete. Then, Elvin Garcia,
who police say is seen here wearing a mask. Manuel Rivera is accused
of repeatedly stabbing Junior. Antonio Santiago is seen here from this other angle. Prosecutors say that
Jonaiki Martinez gave the fatal stab,
slashing Junior’s neck. Five other people have
been arrested and accused of involvement in the crime. All of the men charged
have pleaded not guilty. It’s 11:39. Junior stumbles back into
the bodega, leaving a trail of blood on the floor. But the owner appears
to direct him away. Junior gestures for
someone to call 911. Then he starts running to St.
Barnabas Hospital, just one block away. He makes it to the
entrance of the hospital before collapsing. Passersby try to help. Witnesses say these
two police officers stood by watching the scene. They are under investigation
for failing to help. Just 20 minutes
later, Junior is pronounced dead as a result of
a stab wound to the neck. How Junior was killed follows a pattern
of attacks by Trinitarios, a
Dominican gang that was born in New York
prisons. In recent months, turf wars have spiked among
rival Trinitario factions. At least 10 other people
have been maimed this summer in tit-for-tat
attacks in the Bronx. Just two days before Junior
was killed, a 14-year-old was seriously injured
in this attack. And on the night
before Junior’s murder, he had witnessed another
stabbing at Adams Place. Junior’s friend,
a Trinitario, had been attacked by a rival
faction and allegedly turned to Junior for help. Is that why Junior
was targeted? We don’t know. But a leading police theory
is the attackers mistakenly believed Junior was
in a rival gang. What we do know is that for
Junior — like many teenagers growing up in gang-afflicted areas — there’s a fine line between
hanging out on the streets and getting caught up
in deadly violence.

How a Gang Hunted and Killed a 15 Year Old in the Bronx | NYT – Visual Investigations

100 thoughts on “How a Gang Hunted and Killed a 15 Year Old in the Bronx | NYT – Visual Investigations

  • September 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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    Read more about our investigation: https://nyti.ms/2QjDBgl

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  • September 19, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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    Build the wall!!!!!

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  • September 19, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    Sue the store owner and the two cops too for no assisting! they literally let him die!

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  • September 19, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Thats America for you

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  • September 19, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    Just hearing his screams for help makes my heart sink #JFJ

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  • September 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    What a bunch of tough guys picking on a 15 year old

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  • September 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    These ppl are coward how all of them against one unarmed
    For the first Time i think that Trump us right to completely shut the door on these people coming to the United states

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  • September 19, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    The store worker got arri

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  • September 19, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    Hope that whole gang gets burned alive

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  • September 19, 2019 at 8:44 pm
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    R.I.P Junior

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  • September 19, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    and the horror in their voices when he arrived at the hospital is heartbreaking. couldn’t even grasp the thought of having to go through this

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  • September 19, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    Rip junior

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  • September 20, 2019 at 12:56 am
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    Why aren't the cops carrying him in! ?? Disgusting

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  • September 20, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    People didn’t help because they probably thought it was a prank.

    Imagine getting kidnapped in the middle of the street, people just laugh at you. Your heart sinks. You can’t cry for help. People ignore you.
    Our lives are messed up nowadays.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 2:17 am
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    I’ve seen this twice and my heart hurts for Junior’s mom, family and friends.

    Very troubling and senseless crime and to be thrown out of the market as his life was fading is also troubling. I understand the fear of getting involved but sometimes you have to risk doing the right thing.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    I hate ur voice -lmao

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  • September 20, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    I cried so hard watching this I literally screamed every time he got stabbed my heart goes out to his mom's and family I couldn't imagine losing my son like this 😭😭😭

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  • September 20, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    Rip JR 😞😞 we love you

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  • September 20, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    I cried watching this

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  • September 20, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    what are those worthless pigs doing, they could have carried him into the hospital.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    RIP to you man🖤🙏🏻🕊

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  • September 20, 2019 at 7:58 am
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    I hope the guy who stabbed his neck gets tourtered in the worst way possible like bruh junior handled all dem stabs well R. I. P

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  • September 20, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    It's not their own, shout out to all the cop Killas.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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    Why hasn’t their citizenship status ben released? Liberal NYC wants to protect them? I wouldn’t be surprised if they came here illegally. Most trinitarios came here illegally

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  • September 20, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    Am a grown men but I cry every time

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  • September 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    The people’s that killed JR deserves the death penalty

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  • September 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    All blacks

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  • September 20, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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    Killing their own race. And they say white people are bad 🙄

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  • September 20, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    R.I.P. Junior ❤️

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  • September 20, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    Reading the comments on this article shows why this continues to happen.

    Hate for police.
    Hate for the business owner.
    Hate for everyone else except the guilty.

    Your fingers point at everyone except those responsible and those who through their complacency allow these criminals to flourish.

    Bone the single mothers who know their kids are in these gangs and do nothing.

    Blame the residences that witness this crime and say nothing.

    Blame the thugs who feel so safe that they commit these crimes.

    Blame the leadership that promised change and delivered nothing.

    Blame the people responsible. Blame the residence that allow this.

    Until we hold people accountable nothing will change.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    I think the reason why he was targeted is cause one of the gang members sister was exposed in a sextape by someone who looked like junior

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  • September 20, 2019 at 11:53 pm
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    This makes me so angry.

    But I know and believe that EVERY person that ATTACKED him, WALKED past him, nor HELPED him will have a day where they will be held accountable for their actions.

    Junior, rest. 💔

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  • September 21, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    Why is the guy recording HELP HIM BRO

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  • September 21, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    Historically low crime rates in New York ??? What!!! Bs crime is as bad if not worse than ever but bill de Blasio de criminalized criminals.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 6:11 am
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    Fkin pig cops.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    This is horrible all around, shows the danger of living in a large city. SOOOO many people could've helped but they just left it to the next person and the child ended up dead 🙁

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  • September 21, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    U GOTTA LOOK AT BOTH WAYS THE MEDIA TRIM THIS KID TO BE A GOOD KID AND NOT INVOLVED IN GANG ACTIVITIES THEY JUST GET THE REPORT FROM THE PARENTS AND FAMILY FROM THE KID THAT HE WAS A GOOD KID HIS FAMILY DONT KNOW WHAT HE WAS INVOLVED IN LIVING IN A GANG ENVIRONMENT MAYBE HE WAS INVOLVED WITH DIFFERENT GANG OR MAYBE HE WAS TALKING OR BEING AROUND A RIVAL GANG AND THE OTHER SIDE SEEN THAT AND TOOK IT TO THERE BIG HOMIES TO GIVE THE OKAY!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 1:35 pm
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    So I did some research and found out that the gang members who killed junior put out on social media that they attacked the wrong person

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    What a strong boy running to the hospital R.I.P wish the best for his family

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    Those Dominicans were just seeking asylum, they have a right to be in America, says the liberal

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    Bro go real a red bull and watch how fast the owner of the store would call the cops

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:12 am
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    Senseless

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    this is not good for these people when you know you are going to die for is death so why are you doing this

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  • September 22, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    🇩🇴

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  • September 22, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Those Bodega owners who kicked that boy out should be charged and in jail.
    It's unbelievable how heartless and uncaring people are in today's society.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:37 am
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    Wtf were the mf police doing demm
    RIP jr

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  • September 22, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    America is run and controlled by terrorists in government and media like YouTube.So what do you expect. Destroying YouTube by earthquake of or disaster wouldcertainly help.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    All the killers need to be slaughtered as he was I know it’s revenge but some people have become monsters

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  • September 22, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    I can only imagine what they thought when they found out they killed the wrong person

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  • September 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    I can’t imagine seeing your friend bleeding out right in front of you must of been traumatizing

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    Now I'm afraid of going out at night and day these things happen unexpectedly every time I see this I wonder "will this ever happen to me?" I'm was very afraid of going outside since the day I first saw this. Rest in peace junior you was a legend.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    Now I will never ever ever hang out on the streets again with any friend. This could happen to you if you are doing this

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  • September 23, 2019 at 3:30 am
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    I cried watching this whole video

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    first of all why are the police just standing there put the boy in the car and the shopkeeper why u sending the guy outside like lock the doors and call the flipping police 😡 now look what happened to this peng dude he is in hevannnow and am actually frustrated and literally in tears 😭

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    message to the mum stay strong

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:23 am
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    Madlad brought a machete to a gang fight

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  • September 24, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    It’s hard hearing he ran to the hospital, sad for this kid thinking about death in a run for help, shame on who didn’t help, RIP junior

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  • September 24, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Times sucks.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    Bro what about the girl
    A girl was the person who lead junior to that

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:11 am
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    They all should be charged with all the crimes

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    This makes me sick to my stomach. What a brutal and senseless

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    This is just horrible to watch. I can not even believe no one helped. I would hope that if I was in that situation I would take the person in my car to the hospital and go as fast as I possibly could without causing more harm but in the heat of the moment you never know how you’ll react. And so many things are confusing to me with crimes. If you are going to commit a crime why make everything so obvious. Why did these guys need 4 cars of people… and why in the world would they all make it so easy to get caught. All in the camera view. License plates on. No masks. Far too many people. It’s all strange to me. Why would they need him dead this bad to make such a horrible decision to end someone’s life and make it so easy for theirs to be ruined as well. I just am amazed at people really.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    Sosa snitched

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  • September 25, 2019 at 8:35 am
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    Mexicans and blacks ruin the United States

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  • September 25, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    I hope those cowardly murderers all die horribly. Or are crippled and blinded.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    I saw the unedited version so disturbing to watch! At only 15 he went all of that pain!! RIP JR

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  • September 26, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    This is so saddds

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  • September 26, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    Its this stupid rap culture that breeds such violence. Live by the sword die by the sword.

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  • September 26, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    Did you see Garcia stabbing him these lot need to have the worst time in jail

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  • September 26, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    I hope this video helps everybody be conscious about anything can happen to anyone. This is why we should all be careful. 😭rest in peace junior.

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  • September 27, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    Why did they stab him though?

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  • September 27, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Probably woulda had another 6 percent chance of surviving if the owner called the police

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  • September 27, 2019 at 3:58 am
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    I hate how at 5:34 when the guy calls out the cops they just try to get out the way

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  • September 27, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    This will be forever known as one of the most horrific acts of gang violence ever committed in the United States. My heart weeps for that family and for east tremont.

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  • September 27, 2019 at 4:25 am
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    I swear I would murder each and everyone of the gang members junior did not deserve this R.i.P 😔😔😔

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  • September 27, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    Yo I’m crying this is crazy why are they with weapons like this is murdering him that is sad

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  • September 27, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    I’m not one to tear up but this video actually made me cry. “That’s Junior bro!” did it.

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  • September 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    RIP Juinor

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  • September 28, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    #JusticeForJuinor

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  • September 28, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    So you see the kid getting dragged you just stood there and did nothing

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  • September 28, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    All attackers should be sentenced to the death penalty no questions asked and both officers should be fired. End of story

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  • September 28, 2019 at 11:01 am
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    Those stupid police officers, doing nothing at all. Should honestly get fired.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    RIP bro 😪🙏🏾

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  • September 28, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    These Cowards deserve the Death Penalty.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Low IQ races!!!!

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  • September 28, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    I walk home alone and go to school this is making me scared I feel like cars are going to chase me and do the somthing 😭😭😭

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  • September 28, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    this is so bad even watching this is hard

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  • September 29, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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  • September 29, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Did they at least arrest the shop owner

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  • September 29, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    play stupid games, win stupid prizes

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  • September 29, 2019 at 7:38 am
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    Coward shop owner!

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  • September 29, 2019 at 9:12 am
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    Wtf they got cameras every where in the bronx

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  • September 29, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Andddddd. Why is the death penilty not allowed? You take someone's life in a unjustified manner, you deserve to have you life, absolutely ripped from you

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  • September 29, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    Poor junior bro

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  • September 29, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    This is truly shocking that such things actually happen.

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  • September 30, 2019 at 12:25 am
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    Wishing they could of got the death penalty

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  • September 30, 2019 at 1:58 am
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    this is why I dont go out around town at night in specially areas like this

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  • September 30, 2019 at 2:26 am
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    Did i just ses the killers try to cry?? Smh.. Crying cause they got caught! Hope they face the wrath behind those prison walls..R.I.P Junior

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  • September 30, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    That store owner should be ashamed of himself – he’s a coward. Poor kid died bc he had to RUN to the hospital. No way to bleed faster.

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  • September 30, 2019 at 4:08 am
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    You know that shop owner had a gun too – unreal how little some people care

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