The teen who was pulled from of a New York City bodega and hacked to death was not killed because of a sex tape, as previously thought.
“These guys were driving around; they went out to find other Trinitarios from a rival crew called ‘Sunset,’” said the source. “[Junior] happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Junior was at the business to pay back $5 he owed when he sensed trouble was brewing.
“He sees three cars on the street. They’re loaded with nine or 10 people. He starts to run. They start to chase. They made the assumption he was a rival Trinitario,” they continued. “No one has said he’s a Trinitario. There’s no gang affiliation.”
The source also dispelled another rumor.
“The owner is getting a bum rap,” said the source. The store's owner has been accused of not helping Guzman-Feliz.
However, the source says the owner allowed Junior to hide behind his counter and called the police as the attack was happening. The source also credits the owner for installing the cameras that helped police apprehend the suspects.
“These eight guys are all in jail, because this guy put a great video surveillance system in his store.”
The source says the investigators are still seeking people who might be connected to the case.
The New York Police Department announced the establishment of a scholarship fund in Junior's name on Thursday. The 15-year-old was a member of NYPD Explorers program, a group for teenagers interested in law enforcement careers. The young man wanted to be a detective, reports the The New York Post.
The fund will gift $5,000 in tuition reimbursement and school supplies to two high school graduates upon enrollment in an accredited school.
“There is no better way to honor a young man whose stated dream was to become one of the greatest detectives in the world than by establishing a memorial scholarship in his honor,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
“The work Explorers do makes our communities stronger, it makes our neighborhoods safer, and it makes our police department better. The people we serve, in every corner of New York City, will surely be the largest beneficiaries in all of this.”
Eight people have been arrested for the slaying.