Second Anniversary of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman Feliz's Killing
By Robert Press
It was a warm sunny afternoon as family and friends of Lesandro 'Junior Guzman Feliz gathered by his grave site to remember him on the second anniversary of his killing, and the day after he was to have graduated from the Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter High School. Balloons were let go by the students to rise to the heavens where Junior now is.
Prayers were said as more and more people came to remember Junior. A small police detail was on hand since Lesandro was in the Explorers program at his police precinct, and he had hopes of joining the police force as soon as he was old enough.
Only five of the thirteen gang members involved in the killing of Lesandro have been tried and convicted, and there is another twist to this story. Former Army Sergeant John Perez has joined with City Councilman Fernando Cabrera to move the process to have the NYPD posthumously make Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman Feliz a police officer. This was his goal in life, and his life was cut short before he could become a police officer. That would also make it much harder for the five already convicted to make parole, and charges on the other eight defendants could be upgraded to murder of a police officer.
Sergeant John Perez stands with the immediate family in front of the grave of Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman Feliz.
Sergeant John Perez is interviewed about the push to make Lesandro 'Junior' Guzman Feliz a police officer posthumously.