The NYPD and New York City Police Foundation have established a new scholarship program to honor Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, the 15-year-old boy who was murdered in a gang-related attack in the Bronx last week.
The Lesandro Guzman-Feliz Memorial College Fund will provide two $5,000 scholarships to young people enrolled in the NYPD Explorer Summer Academy. It will be funded by the Police Foundation and administered by the NYPD and Explorer program.
Guzman-Feliz, who was known to friends and family as “Junior,” was an active member of the department’s Explorer program before his death on June 20, when a group of men dragged him out of a bodega and stabbed him multiple times in the neck with machetes. Police have said they believe Guzman-Feliz was targeted in a case of mistaken identity.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill was expected to announce the scholarship Thursday night at the Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Award ceremony.
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SOURCE: AM New York, Lauren Cook and Anthony M. DeStefano