The mother of a New York City teen, who was fatally stabbed to death by an alleged group of gang members in June, was overcome with emotion in court Wednesday, screaming “murderer” at the suspects.
Leandra Guzman yelled “asesino,” the Spanish word for “murderer,” during a hearing for suspects Jonaiki Martinez Estrella and Daniel Fernandez, just two of 12 people who have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of her son, Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz.
Guzman, who donned a shirt with a picture of Junior displayed on it, was escorted out the courtroom by family members after the distressing moment, the New York Daily News reported. She later returned to the courtroom when she had calmed down.
Junior was attacked by several men with machetes and knives on June 20 outside a Bronx bodega. He attempted to run to the hospital just a few blocks away after the vicious assault but died before he reached the emergency room.
All of the suspects are all charged with murder, among a host of other charges. They have all pleaded not guilty.
It was previously reported that investigators believed Junior was attacked because of his resemblance to someone on a sex tape, but officials said Wednesday that was not the case.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said the alleged Trinitarios gang members involved in the stabbing believed that Junior was a member of a rival "Sunset" gang.
“They allegedly drove to the territory of the Sunset group, came upon Junior and chased him into a bodega in the Belmont section, where he tried to hide,” Clark said during a press conference.
Officials said Junior had no gang affiliation, however.
“There was a lot of social media, and it took a lot of time to sort out a number of those things, but as far as we know at this time, there was no relation to any sex tape to this particular case,” Clark said.