Site of Killing Becomes First ‘Safe Bodega’

Junior’s friend, Tango outside of the bodega during a memorial. (Photo by Alex Mitchell via Bronx Times)

More than seven months after Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, 15, was viciously killed outside a Bronx bodega at East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue, the business became the first “safe bodega.” Alex Mitchell reports for the Bronx Times:

Working collaboratively with the NYPD, the United Bodegas of America designed a multi-step program that would equip bodegas with panic buttons, shatterproof glass and other measures that could prevent an attack from continuing and essentially save an innocent life.

Each installation costs between three and four thousand dollars.

This safe haven bodega concept comes from criticism after surveillance video had shown Junior run into the store, attempting to hide from the gang members behind its counter space, only to be dragged out of the store to his untimely death on Wednesday, June 20.

For more features of the program and more on another borough program started after the death of Guzman-Feliz, go to Bronx Times.

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