A TEEN who died after being stabbed and set on fire was reportedly in a relationship with his alleged killer’s younger sister.
The victim, who was identified as 18-year-old Winston Ortiz, was found by police inside a building in the Bronx with three stab wounds and burns on 90 percent of his body Wednesday afternoon.
18-year-old Winston Ortiz was allegedly killed by the older brother of a girl he had been dating[/caption]
Adones Betances has been charged with murder and manslaughter[/caption]
Adones Betances, 22, was arrested for the attack and charged with murder and manslaughter.
While he is reportedly claiming he was framed, sources told The New York Post that Betances planned the attack because he was enraged that Ortiz had been dating his 14-year-old sister.
Ortiz’s 17-year-old brother, Wilmer, told the Post that his brother had been in a relationship with the suspect’s younger sister, but that she had broken things off on Wednesday.
“I’m pretty sure this all had to do with a breakup that he had been dealing with yesterday,” he said.
“This is [his ex-girlfriend’s] older brother we’re talking about.”
The teen added that his brother was “very emotionally distraught” over the breakup, but he wasn’t sure why the girl ended the relationship.
He said it was “something about him being too overprotective,” adding, “but I don’t know what that means.”
The alleged attack happened around 3pm Wednesday on the fifth floor of a building in the Highbridge section of the Bronx.
A neighbor reportedly heard Ortiz’s screams and was able to douse the teen with water to put out the flames.
When police arrived on the scene, Ortiz was reportedly able to identify his killer. He was brought to the hospital in critical condition and later died.
The Post reported that Betances casually went out to dinner with his girlfriend after the brutal attack.
Members of the community said Ortiz was a great kid from a close-knit, religious family.
“They don’t go outside by themselves. They’re always together – school, bible, back home, that’s it,” neighbor Brenda Burke told CBS.
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“They was a close-knit family. They was good. They didn’t bother nobody.”
A GoFundMe page set up by Ortiz’s aunt to raise money for the teen’s funeral costs says he was “loved by all who came to know him.”
“He was active in his church and a role model for all of his younger brothers and cousins. He was bound for greatness.”