Justice For Junior: Turk & Nu Szn team up for heartfelt tribute
Toronto recording artist Turk recently teamed up with Nu Szn for a heartfelt new project paying tribute to Bronx teenager Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz.
Junior, who was only 15-years-old, was brutally and senselessly murdered on June 20.
On that day, Junior was on his way home when he was approached by a group of men who had mistaken him for someone they had been looking for. They chased him into a bodega, and then dragged him outside before repeatedly stabbing him. After the attackers had fled, Junior attempted to run to a hospital that happened to be a few blocks away but sadly collapsed at the entrance.
To date, 12 suspects have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with the murder. The attack was caught on surveillance video, which was widely shared on social media.
It was almost instantly one of the top trending topics as people around the world expressed their sadness, anger, disgust and disbelief at the sheer effrontery and brazenness of the attack. Not to mention Junior’s age, and the fact that it was a case of mistaken identity, which made the news even more tragic.
Nu Szn and ElementBeatz handled the production on “Justice For Junior,” and The Knemesis of Goldmine Media was tapped to direct the visual support.
“Don’t watch and record if you see someone being hurt…HELP THEM”
Turk – who has been a prominent face on the Toronto hip-hop scene for several years – revealed the inspiration and purpose for recording “Justice For Junior” in the YouTube upload’s description:
“This story crushed my heart like many others around the world. The only way I know how to deal with that is through music. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lesandro and his family and friends. This senseless violence needs to come to an end because our kids are literally dying and our neighbors and people in the communities who we would hope would help them out are just pulling out phones and recording so they can post on Instagram. God Bless The Whole Planet. 🌍🙏🏼
We would also like to thank the actors that played the role of the gang members. They put their personal feelings aside and played the roll because they knew the over all message of this video is extremely important and must be heard. That message is: ‘Don’t watch and record if you see someone being hurt…HELP THEM’
Our condolences and respect goes out to Lesandro’s family and all of his friends.
All proceeds made from this record will be going to the family of Junior. We haven’t yet received a reply from his family so if anybody knows them and can contact them it’s highly appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org.”
To date the video has been viewed more than 17K times and brought in a ton of comments showing their support and paying their respects to Junior. Turk left another comment in the videos addressing the response:
“Thank you to everyone who has been sending love for Junior. The response and the amount of people who have messaged or commented saying they cried tears while watching is unbelievable! I’m glad this song is helping people get through this tragedy and also keeping an innocent child’s name alive with his soul, long past his time on earth! Words can’t explain how much of an honour it is to be a part of that.🖤🖤💔💔 Love y’all and keep positive!!”
Much respect to everyone involved with this project.
You can check out “Justice For Junior” below via Turk’s official YouTube channel.
R.I.P. Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz.