Bodega manager: Teen's killers warned staff not to get involved

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The manager of a Bronx bodega where a 15-year-old boy was slain says the killers warned him and his staff not to get involved.

The bodega manager's comments, given exclusively to News 12, come as search efforts are continuing for the suspects wanted in the fatal stabbing outside the Belmont bodega on Wednesday.

Police say Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was stabbed and slashed multiple times, including once in the neck at 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue just before midnight. He attempted to run to St. Barnabas Hospital to seek help, but he only made it to the front entrance before he collapsed and later died.

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Some neighbors tell News 12 that they think the business owner should have stepped in, while others disagree.

The manager of the bodega has since responded that the killers warned him and his staff not to get involved.

“We were threatened so we wouldn't continue to intervene with the situation,” he said. "It's not our fault. It's a tragedy, but we were just doing our jobs and getting ready to leave and unfortunately this happened."

Guzman-Feliz’s mother, however, has said that the manager has known her son since he was a little boy and should have tried to help.

The memorial continues to grow for the teen victim, who was known as Junior.

Police flyers have been placed throughout the area offering $2,500 dollars to anyone who can offer information. They have released surveillance video that shows the suspects.

The hashtag #JusticeForJunior now has over 40,000 posts on Instagram. Rapper Cardi B spoke out about the murder on her Instagram page as well.

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