An international Latino criminal gang known as “Los Trinitarios” attacked a 14-year-old boy in the Bronx, leaving him in critical condition. The unnamed boy remains in critical condition in a local New York hospital since the attack on the evening of June 18 on Bronx River Parkway, suffering a dozen stab wounds and the loss of a kidney. The attack was captured by a stunning video. A suspected member of the Trinitarios, Ramon Paulino, 21, stands charged with federal counts of attempted murder, assault and gang assault. The Dominican criminal organization is also believed to have carried out the brutal attack on June 20 that ended the life of 15-year-old Lisandro Guzman-Feliz in the Bronx.

The Trinitarios had been hunting down the 14-year-old victim since last year, after he broke up with a girl who belongs to the group. NYPD released video footage showing a group of men believed to be Trinitarios stabbing and beating the victim at around 5.30pm on June 18 in the median of the Bronx River Parkway near the East Gun Hill Road exit. Some of the assailants were shirtless and shoeless. When they responded to the scene, officers found the boy lying unconscious and unresponsive, having suffered multiple stab wounds all over his body. Clinging to life, the boy remains at the Jacobi Medical Center, where he is still listed in critical condition.

Investigators believe it was the the Trinitarios who tracked down and brutally murdered Lisandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, two days later. In a video that has caused national outrage, Guzman-Feliz can been seeking refuge in a local store on East 183rd Street in the Bronx . The men dragged him out of the store by his hoodie and stabbed and hacked him with knifes and a machete. Guzman-Feliz managed to run for help, but collapsed just a block away where he bled out near St. Barnabas Hospital. Kevin Alvarez is the alleged member of the Trinitarios who is accused specifically with dragging Guzman-Feliz "through the threshold" of the Bronx bodega, according to prosecutors. 

Seven men, who are believed to be members of Trinitarios, have been arrested in connection to the murder. According to police, Guzman-Feliz may be a victim of mistaken identity over a pornographic video that portrayed a 15-year-old female relative of the Trinitarios. Guzman-Feliz had ambitions of becoming a New York cop. The Trinitarios later to the family of “Junior” Guzman-Feliz on social media, issuing an apology with the explanation that he was killed mistakenly. 

 

Six alleged members of the gang were extradited from Patterson, New Jersey, to New York City. Alvarez, 19, is charged with murder and gang assault. Trinitarios have been the focus of law enforcement for several years. In 2010, federal prosecutors indicted 50 alleged members in a racketeering, murder and narcotics conspiracy. NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly observed then, “At any given time, as many as 100 female members of the Trinitarios engaged in violence against rival gangs like ‘Dominicans Don’t Play.’” Alvarez pleaded not guilty.

Law enforcement agencies believe that there are more than 1,000 members of the Trinitarios operating in New York City. They are active in Spain and Italy. The members have origins in the Dominican Republic. 

The following suspects are to be extradited from New Jersey:

Jose Muniz, 21, of Paterson, NJ
Jose Taverez, 21, of the Bronx, NY
Manuel Rivera, 18 of Bronx, NY
Danel Fernandez 21 of Bronx, NY
Joniki Martinez 24, of Freeport, NY
Santiago Rodriguez 24, of Bronx, NY

On Monday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said he wants to honor Guzman-Feliz, having spoken with the teen’s parents. “What hurts me the most is the notion that this was a young man who wanted to serve our city, be a part of our police force and had such a bright future now is taken from us,” de Blasio said.  “It feels very personal to have lost an exemplary young man.”
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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