Arrests in killing of Bronx teen seen dragged outside store

Police have made arrests in connection with last week's fatal stabbing of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Ortiz outside a Bronx bodega. One of the suspects has been identified as 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez.


Surveillance footage of the brutal attack showed the 15-year-old boy being dragged outside the store in the Belmont area of the Bronx before being repeatedly hacked and stabbed by a gang of men.

Investigators said they believed the killing might have been a case of mistaken identity. Speaking to the The New York Times, chief of detectives, Dermot F. Shea said there was nothing to suggest the 15-year-old victim was “anything but an innocent kid.”

There has been speculation the boy was targeted after the men mistook him for another teenager who is believed to have shared a video of himself having sex with a female relative of one of the suspects.

A leader from the Trinitarios street gang apologized to the boy’s family after admitting it had killed the wrong person, the New York Post reported.

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