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NYPD: Gang rivalry resulted in fatal stabbing of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz — not sex tape

July 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYPD: Gang rivalry resulted in fatal stabbing of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz  — not sex tape Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz

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Members of the ultra-violent Trinitarios gang slaughtered innocent Bronx teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz because they believed he was a member of a rival gang — not because of his similarity to someone who appeared in a sex tape as detectives previously suspected.

The news was revealed as NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea also indicated the department used its controversial gang system to pursue the 12 suspects indicted in the slaying.

Officials previously told The New York Post that they did not utilize the database.

The purported killers are members of the Trinitario, a subset of “Los Sures,” which is engulfed in a war with a rival group “Sunset,” Bronx DA Darcel Clark announced at a news conference on Wednesday.

“They drove to the territory of the Sunset group, came upon Junior and chased him into a bodega in the Belmont section of the Bronx, where he tried to hide,” she stated.

The group then attacked the innocent teen with knives and a machete.

Officials emphasized on Wednesday that the victim had no gang affiliation and was an innocent bystander.

Detectives previously thought that the boy was mistaken for a teen in a sex video that reportedly depicted a gang leader’s female relative.

However, that was a social-media red herring, according to Clark.

“There was a lot of social media, and it took time to sort out those things, but as far as we know, there was no relation to any sex tape to this case,” she added.

Shea, meanwhile, acknowledged that the gang database was essential in apprehending the accused murders.

“To do it without that criminal database would be asking detectives to fight crime with one eye closed and one hand tied behind their back,” he said.

Twelve suspects have been taken into custody in the case and face murder charges and life in prison without parole if found guilty. All of the men have entered not guilty pleas.

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