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The owner of the Bronx Bodega, in which 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was brutally stabbed and slashed, speaks
Modesto Cruz recalled in tears how frightened the boy was, when he tried to flee from his assailants: "I remember his face, he was so scared"
"I just want his mother to understand that the pain is not just her, we also feel the pain", says the Bodegas
owner of the Bronx Bodega, where 15-year-old Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz was dragged and brutally cut and stabbed by a mob of men, describing the deterrent moments in the store from the vicious attack.
In a conference with reporter Friday, Modesto Cruz tearfully explained what happened the night the boy was killed in a gruesome machete attack.
"He said to me," They are looking for me, they are running for me. "I'll help him down," Cruz said.
Surveillance video showed the teenager jump over the counter to chase after the men. Cruz, who closed the shop, first thought it was a robbery.
But Guzman-Feliz stayed down on the ground, and when the suspects stormed the Bodega, Cruz said he was trying Hiding a teenager
"He was so scared, I remember his face and he was so scared," he said.
The attackers saw Guzman-Feliz, and a scuffle ensued. Cruz said he was worried about his life – the group had shown a weapon.
Then the men grab video Guzman-Feliz, pull him out and cut and stab him outside.
"As soon as they took him out of the store, I made my first call at 11:39," Cruz said. "I spent four minutes with the operator, I just told him: 'Please, send the police, you already have my address.'
The surveillance video continues to point the teen away after the attack with Cruz at the door. Cruz said he had tried to refer him to St. Barnabas Hospital in the next block for fear the ambulance would take too long.
Now, Cruz and his lawyer face the anger and indignation over the teen's death over accusing the owner of the winery of not coming to Guzman-Feliz's help.
Cruz said that he, like many in the Bronx community, shakes, distresses, and relives those fearful moments in the winery that night.
"I do not know how to explain this in English, I just want his mother to understand that the pain is not just her, we also feel the pain, we are part of the community," he said.
The Cruz store remained closed for days after the murder, as the sidewalk outside the city became a sprawling memorial to the boy named Junior.
Guzman-Feliz was laid to rest after an emotional funeral on Wednesday. Eight suspects were arrested during his murder, six of them in New Jersey. All are charged with murder and other crimes.