Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz's name will live on.
The entire nation was shocked when videos of a 15-year-old boy getting dragged out of a bodega and stabbed to death hit the web. The footage was brutal, but what was worse was the audacity of the attackers. They dragged, beat, and stabbed young Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz in public, with several people watching. Guzman-Feliz ran to a nearby hospital after the attackers fled, but he passed out and was pronounced dead before he reached the emergency room.
Eight men have been arrested in connection with the brutal assault and murder, and it looks like there will be justice for Junior. In honor of his death, the NYPD is offering a scholarship to high school graduates. Guzman-Feliz was in the NYPD Explorers program, a group for children who are interested in careers in law enforcement. He had aspirations of becoming a detective. According to The New York Post, the scholarship will provide two NYPD Explorer high school graduates with up to $5,000 each in tuition and school supplies. The participants must be enrolled in an accredited school for the fall semester. “This scholarship will help more young New Yorkers learn about law enforcement and public service, and ensure that Junior’s legacy will never be forgotten,” Mayor Bill de Blasio stated.