Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15-year-old boy from Bronx, New York, was dragged out of a utility store and hacked to death due to being mistaken as someone else. Rapper Cardi B donated $8,000 to Lesandro’s family after the boy died an innocent death in an attack captured on tape.
The Bronx police reported that the murder was a case of mistaken identity after the leader of the gang who killed Lesandro sarcastically ‘apologized’ to his family members for assuming he was someone else. Derek Grullon, Lesandro’s sisters’ boyfriend, said,“It wasn’t supposed to be him.”
After the boy got dragged out of the store and killed, Cardi B, also from Bronx, donated £6,000 to the teenager’s GoFundMe account. The renowned rapper also took to Instagram to posted about the ruthless murder with the hashtag #justiceforjunior.
She said, “These Bronx streets are ruthless.”
After donating to the Bronx family, Cardi also shared a video of Lesandro’s mother, Leandra Feliz, 48, thanking all those who donated in Spanish. She expressed her condolences to the family when she wrote in Spanish, “Ma’am, I know that your nights have been long and sad. Maybe you cry and wake up thinking that it was a nightmare. Soon you will feel more protected because you will feel your child and you will have signs that the IS is with you.”
She further added, “May your family have peace soon and may God always have your child in Glory …”
Cardi B openly admitted to the press that although her brought up in Bronx had made her past crime-ridden, she will always be a part of the Bronx community.
In her interview with Music choice when asked about her time in Bronx, she said, “I’m from the hood. I’m a product of my environment. Everything where I’m from really influenced me. It really influenced my music, it really influenced how I grew up.”
The Bronx family paid tribute to their beloved son. His mother said, “He was my angel. He was a sweet child. But they killed my son like he was junk.” She also revealed that Lesandro was enrolled in the NYPD Explorers program and wanted to be a police man.
Lesandro’s mother further added, “He was just waiting to graduate and study criminal justice. And be a police. I’m not going to see him get married, have kids. I’m going to have nothing from him. I have no reason to live my life. They kill him. They kill me, too. I’m ready to die. You can put me with my son.”
The GoFundMe account has raised more than $100,000 (£75,300) so far. The Police are taking help from the witnesses and the general public to identify the group of men that were part of the brutal stabbing. Surveillance tapes were released by New York police on Friday.