Source: News 12
New Owners Of Bodega Where 'Junior' Was Killed Want To Rename Store After Slain Teen
Source: News 12
The bodega has reportedly been sold and will reopen.
The Bronx bodega where teen Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz was killed has been sold and will reopen under new management.
READ: Bronx Street Renamed To Honor Slain Teen 'Junior'
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahanconfirmed the news to Pix 11. The owners also reportedly want to rename the bodega after Junior but the late teen's parents aren't supportive of the name change.
"I don't want to put his name here," Lisandro Guzman, Junior's father, said to NBC New York. "I don't celebrate this corner or this bodega that killed my son."
"When I pass over there I feel my knees shaking from the bottom of my feet," Leandra Feliz, Junior's mother, said. "I feel my blood running everywhere and I feel like I am going to faint."
"This is an evil corner," Feliz added. "In a few years we are going to see another death at that corner."
Previously, the bodega had reopened temporarily so employees could clean and throw out spoiled food. Numerous people had called for the bodega's closing after surveillance footage seemed to show the previous owner, Modesto Cruz, failing to help the teen. However, Cruz spoke out against the claims and said that he did try to help Junior before he died.
Recently, the street where Junior was murdered was renamed after the teen. The street sign, which reads "Lesandro Junior Way," will be placed at East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue.
Source: Pix 11 / NBC New York