Guzman-Feliz was dragged out of a bodega at East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue and hacked to death with a machete on Wednesday following a dispute with a group of males, officials said.
Officers said with his dying breath, the 15-year-old asked for some water, according to ABC 7 NY. Members of the Trinitarios street gangs reportedly apologized to Guzman-Feliz's family and said, "It wasn't supposed to be him".
It has since been reported that Guzman-Feliz, who died just steps away from a hospital, may have been the victim of a case of mistaken identity.
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The victim's sister, Genesis Collado-Feliz, 17, said her younger brother loved playing video games and would come to her for advice about girls. "They were grown men and he was only 15", in a statement to the New York Post. In one video, taken from outside a window several stories above the violence scene, bystanders can be heard screaming, "Oh sh**!"
Guzman-Feliz was described as "a snazzy dresser who liked jeans and Air Jordans".
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Five gang members have been arrested in the murder of a teen who once dreamed of becoming a policeman.
Grieving mother Leandra Feliz said she will wait for the police's information before believing the mistaken identity claim. "He ran to the hospital and then collapsed in front of the emergency room".
Police in Paterson, New Jersey said they received clues on the whereabouts of the suspects in New York-based Dominican gang, Trinitarios, and arrested three in the area as well as two more in The Bronx.
A GoFundMe has been started for the teen's family that has so far raised more than $30,000.
Grullon, 19, said the messages were meant to prove Junior's innocence.