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Seven Men Held In Connection With Bronx Teen's Machete Murder

Along with 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez, the prosecutor's office have released the names of the men involved in the gruesome killing of Lesandro Junior Guzman-Feliz.

Seven men are being held in connection with the brutal machete murder of Bronx teen Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz. According to reports, several of the suspects were picked up in New Jersey, and are expected to be extradited to New York Tuesday (June 26).

One suspect, 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez was seen wearing a dark hoodie and hanging his head as police escorted him from a Bronx criminal court. Alvarez is being held without bond and faces second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault and gang assault. During an arraignment hearing on Monday (June 25), Alvarez pled not guilty to all the charges.

Alvarez is specifically accused of dragging Junior "through the threshold." The Passaic County prosecutor’s office released the names of six other men involved in the gruesome murder, in what investigators are calling a case of mistaken identity.

The men are 21-year-old Jose Muniz of Patterson, NJ; Jose Taverez, 21,  Manuel Rivera, 18, and Danel Fernandez, 21 all from The Bronx; Jonika Martinez, 24 from Freeport, NY and Santiago Rodriguez, 24, also from The Bronx.

READ MORE: #JusticeForJunior: 6 Facts On The Murder Of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz

A source close to the investigation told PIX11 law enforcement is also speaking with someone in the Dominican Republic who may be connected to the killing.

Affectionately known as Junior, on June 20 the teen left his Bronx home at about 11:30 PM to loan a friend $5. It's unclear if he was heading back home when he was attacked inside a bodega on the corner of 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue. It was there he was dragged outside and slashed several and stabbed several times, the fatal blow to his neck. Surveillance footage from the attack shows Junior running towards St. Barnabus Hospital where he died.

With the help of video footage and social media, police were able to track down the men responsible. Law enforcement says the suspects being held may be part of the Dominican gang, Trinitarios.

After Monday's wake, Junior's mother was seen walking out of the funeral home and was met with applause from the community also shouting Junior!

"I need justice for my son," Leandra Feliz said. "That's my Junior baby."

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‘Red Table Talk’ Inks 3-Year Deal With Facebook Watch

The Emmy-nominated Red Table Talk, hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith and mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, has inked a three-year deal with Facebook Watch that extends through 2022.

In addition to a new contract, Westbrook Studios (owned by Pinkett Smith and Will Smith) is expanding the Red Table Talk brand with a spinoff series starring Gloria Estefan.

Red Table Talk: The Estefans, will be produced by Pinkett-Smith, Westbrook Studios and Estefan, with Ellen Rakieten and Miguel Melendez serving as executive producers. The series features the music icon along with her daughter and rising musician, Emily Estefan, and her niece Emmy winner, Lili Estefan. The new show will be based in Miami, where Estefan lives, and will showcase three generations of women having candid conversations about timely topics, social and personal issues with family, in addition to celebrity guests and experts.

“I’m incredibly proud of ‘Red Table Talk,’ and thrilled to build upon this franchise with my family and with Gloria, Emily and Lili,” Pinkett Smith said in a statement. “‘Red Table Talk’ has created a space to have open, honest and healing conversations around social and topical issues, and what’s most powerful for me is hearing people’s stories and engaging with our fans in such a tangible way on the Facebook Watch platform.  I’m excited to see the Estefans put their spin on the franchise and take it to new places.”

Estefan added that she’s “incredibly excited” to carry on the “'Red Table Talk' torch” with her family.

“Jada and I have spoken about this a lot and feel my daughter, niece and I can tackle issues important to us and our fans with a new and fresh voice,” said Estefan. “Jada has done this incredibly and continues to do with her family in their candid, intimate, and groundbreaking conversations at the iconic Red Table.”

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Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion And Roddy Ricch To Headline 2020 Broccoli City Festival

Broccoli City Fest is returning with a packed lineup. Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Rich and more, are billed to hit the stage as headliners of the annual DMV music festival.

Additional performers include, hometown artist, Ari Lennox, as well as Burna Boy, Doja Cat, Selection, IDK, Lucky Daye, and surprise performances, according to the lineup announced on Wednesday (Jan. 22).

BC Fest 2020 promises to be the “best one yet,” per a statement on the festival website. Besides music, the festival will feature a carnival, an interactive art space where patrons can take selfies, pop-up venders, VIP lounges, a curated cannabis experience (for the 21+ an older), a DJ tent and “more food and beverage options.”

Although pre-sale tickets sold out within hours of the lineup announcement. early bird passes were still available at press time.

Broccoli City Fest 2020 takes place in Washington D.C. on May 9. Check out the full lineup below.

 

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Cook County Medical Examiner Reveals Juice WRLD’s Cause Of Death

Juice WRLD’s death was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. The “Lucid Dreams” rapper, whose birth name was Jarad A. Higgins, died from oxycodone and codeine toxicity, the Cook County’s Medical Examiner’s Office revealed on Wednesday (Jan. 22).

The 21-year-old recording artist suffered a seizure at a private hanger at Chicago Midway airport after his plane landed on Dec. 8, 2019. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Federal authorities reportedly confiscated 70 pounds of marijuana found in luggage on the private plane that flew Juice WRLD and his entourage from Los Angeles to California. Authorities are unlikely to file criminal charges because no one claimed ownership of the weed.

Juice WRLD was candid about his battle with addiction and vowed to kick his codeine addiction last summer. “Addiction kills but you can overcome,” he tweeted in July 2019.

In an emotional statement released a few days after his death, Juice WRLD’s mother addressed her son's struggle with substance abuse. “Addiction knows no boundaries and it’s impact goes way beyond the person fighting it,” she said. “Jarod was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction.”

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