First of Eight Gang Members Indicted in Fatal Stabbing of Bronx Teen

Suspects in the killing of Bronx, NY, teen Guzman-Feliz. Top from left: Danel Fernandez, Joniki Martinez, Jose Muniz. Bottom from left: Jose Taverez, Manuel Rivera, Santiago Rodriguez. Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office

The first of the eight alleged gang members charged in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old Bronx teen was indicted by a grand jury, prosecutors said Friday.

The Bronx grand jury handed up an indictment charging Kevin Alvarez, 19, second degree murder in the stabbing death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, prosecutors said during a brief appearance Friday.

Police said Guzman-Feliz, known to friends as “Junior,” and member of NYPD Law Enforcement Explorer program, was mistaken for someone else when members of the Trinitarios street gang attacked him with a knife and a machete earlier this month.

He later died after running three blocks to a nearby hospital.

Alvarez turned himself in to police after the attack. The seven other suspects were arrested later and are expected to be indicted next week.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Aaron Katersky and Bopha Phorn