Vigil held for Bronx teen brutally stabbed, set on fire

A vigil and march was held Tuesday night in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, honoring a teen who was brutally stabbed three times in the chest and set on fire.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2020, 1:27 AM

Updated 1,368 days ago

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A vigil and march was held Tuesday night in Highbridge, honoring a teen who was brutally stabbed three times in the chest and set on fire.
Winston Ortiz, 18, was killed just down the block from the Church of God on Woodycrest Avenue. A separate shooting took place in the area the night before.
Bishop Julian Stephenson said the community desperately needs to put down their weapons and come together.
"It's very sad... we need to come together and pray for Winston and others going though mourning over the past few months," he said.
Those who knew Ortiz personally tell News 12 he was a sweet teen who lived in the neighborhood.
Dozens of people marched in solidarity, saying they came together through prayer, but that the community must take action. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark was one of many calling on everyone to do their part.
"We need people to be courageous enough to come forward, to let the DA's office know so that we can stop the people that did it," she said.
Meanwhile, Adones Betances, 22, is being charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in Ortiz's death.


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