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- 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was laid to rest Wednesday following his funeral at a church in the Bronx
- The final goodbyes came a day after authorities said an eighth person had been arrested in connection with the deadly stabbing
- The teenager, known as Junior, was stabbed in the neck with a machete in front of a Bronx bodega on June 21
The sister of the 15-year-old boy killed in a machete attack outside a Bronx bodega two weeks ago in a case that drew national attention for its caught-on-camera brutality missed her own high school graduation because of the funeral.
But La La Anthony, one of the many celebs who joined the national outcry over the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, didn't want the darkness of the violence to overshadow Guzman-Feliz's sister's personal accomplishment.
La La Anthony, who visited the family's Bronx home shortly after the deadly attack along with husband and former Knick Carmelo, posted a photo to Instagram of her and Guzman-Feliz's sister, Genesis, apparently out and enjoying a post-grad celebration.
"Let’s go show her MAJOR love and support for graduating high school and being so strong during this time ��������she’s one in a million!!" La La Anthony captioned the photo. "Love u Gen from the first time we met ���� FOREVER IN MY HEART ❤️#justiceforjunior #postivevibesonly."
The photo shows Genesis smiling with La La, smiling as silver and gold streamers fall around her curls. It's had more than 170,000 likes since it was posted to Instagram early Monday.
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Genesis' brother, an aspiring police officer affectionately called "Junior," was laid to rest Wednesday after an emotional funeral service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church. The funeral was a day after authorities announced an eighth arrest in the horrifying machete killing that was captured on video.
Guzman-Feliz was dragged outside the bodega and set upon by a gang of men who hacked at him as he struggled to defend himself. The boy was slashed in the neck and died after running to a hospital three blocks away.
He had been part of the NYPD's Explorers program, a group for youths interested in a law enforcement career. The New York City Police Foundation announced last week it planned to set up a scholarship in his name.