Murdered Bronx teen Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz laid to rest in tearful funeral service as community calls for justice

More than a thousand mourners packed into Our Lady Mt. Carmel church in the Belmont section of the Bronx Wednesday morning to pay their respects to Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz — the 15-year-old boy who was mistakenly attacked by a machete-wielding gang last week.

The funeral procession made its way from Ortiz Funeral Home on Grand Concourse and E.192nd St. toward the 187th St. church at 9:30 a.m.

Guzman-Feliz’s family packed the first five pews. Fellow cadets of the innocent victim’s NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers attended the funeral in uniform with tears streaming down many of their faces.

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The body of of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz is taken from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's mother Leandra Feliz (2nd L), is seen as her Son's funeral arrives at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The mother of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz watches as his body is is taken from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz is taken from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The mother of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz watches as his body is taken from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz is taken from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People watch as the casket of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz leaves from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Members of the NYPD Junior league attend Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Members of the NYPD Junior league attend Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Members of the NYPD Junior league attend Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral cerenomy at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : People gather outside during the Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral arrives at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The body of of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz is taken from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
People take photos as the casket of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz leaves from Our Lady of Mount Carmel church after funeral services on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Candles are placed at the murder site after the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The mother of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz waits for the arrival of his body during a funeral on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's funeral arrives at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Guzman-Feliz’s body laid in a closed casket, draped in a white sheet, at the alter. His father Lisandro Guzman served as a pallbearer.

Mourners wore t-shirts with photos of Junior on them with messages like, “Forever 15.”

“Again and again, we have gone through so many tragedies in this country and in the Bronx,” Father David Guzman told the congregation.

He urged young people to take a stand against the kind of violence that saw a group of at least a half-dozen men brutalize Guzman-Feliz, first attacking him in a bodega, then dragging him onto the street where they beat and stabbed him in plain sight — a horrific act of violence that was captured on video.

“As we say in New York, if you see something, say something — don’t just take the video, do something,” the priest continued.

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Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was fatally stabbed in a vicious attack outside of a Bronx bodega.

(Photo: NYPD Chief of Detectives)

Members of the public gather outside the funeral for Lesandro Guzman-Feliz on June 27, 2018 in New York. - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Bronx bodega in an apparent case of mistaken identity. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ June 26. Extradition hearing for Manuel Rivera, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Jose Muniz, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz. (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Danel Fernandez, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Santiago Rodriguez, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Joniki Martinez, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz. (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Santiago Rodriguez, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Howard Simmons/New York Daily News.) (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Jose Muniz, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz . (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Paterson, NJ - June 26. Extradition hearing for Jose Taveres, one of six alleged gang members charged with the murder of innocent Bronx teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Photo by Howard Simmons/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Candles are placed at the murder site after the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Candles are placed at the murder site after the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 : Candles are placed at the murder site after the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 27 :People visit murder site to mourn the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in Bronx in New York, United States on June 27, 2018.�Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old Bronx teen was dragged from a store and murdered by a group of gang members. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Toward the end of the ceremony churchgoers started a chant of “Justice for Junior.”

Near Junior’s home, hundreds of community members gathered outside the deli where he was attacked and more outside St.Barnabas Hospital, where he staggered towards the emergency room bleeding to death.

Young men close in age to Junior expressed heartbreak and rage that one of their peers met such a tragic, unnecesssary fate.

“They need to do more for the Bronx. They did stuff for Queens, they did stuff for Brooklyn, they did stuff for Manhattan,” said Mark Perez, 17. “Why is there no love? Why is there no purpose for us? We just get shafted all the time. You’re doing nothing for these kids, but feeding them to the streets.”

So far, eight men have been charged in Guzman-Feliz’s murder. It’s believed that they mistook him for an unidentified man who appeared in a sex tape involving one of the attacker’s relatives.

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