Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's father got a tattoo of his son's face on his hand.
The teen's brother-in-law, Derek Grullon, told the Daily News he and Guzman-Feliz's sister received a slew of Facebook messages from the gang admitting to killing the teen in error.
Investigators say the suspects may be linked to the violent Trinitarios gang, which has also been blamed for another violent, public stabbing last week.
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Gang members apologized to the family for the mistaken killing. Another boy, who had similar appearance to the boy killed in the attack, was allegedly in a sex tape that circulated on social media.
Carmelo Anthony, a former member of the New York Knicks, and TV personality La La Anthony visited Guzman-Feliz's family Monday. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered held without bail by Judge Mary Bejarano. "My client's family's hearts go out to the parents and the family of the victim".
The Passaic County prosecutor's office in New Jersey has identified the six other suspects as Jose Muniz, 21, of Paterson, New Jersey; Jose Tavarez, 21, Manuel Rivera, 18, Danel Fernandez, 21, Santiago Rodriguez, 24, all of the Bronx; and Joniki Martinez, 24, of Freeport, New York.
A seventh suspect, 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez, is facing the same charges.
The NYPD and the Bronx district attorney said Tuesday that an eighth person is under arrest in connection with the stabbing death of a 15-year-old boy in the Bronx.
The man who wielded the machete delivered the "death blow" to Guzman-Feliz, according to his mother. "They killed my son, and they killed me at the same time.I feel death right now".
"What happened to this young man should have never happened so we're going to take this walk and we're going to walk for Junior", said community advocate Tony Herbert.
After a few seconds, Guzman-Feliz was seen standing on the street corner with blood pouring from a wound in his neck. Surveillance of the men was released by NY police on Friday. The police union said it will "carry on in his memory, until the streets are safe" for all New Yorkers.
A GoFundMe has been started for the teen's family that has so far raised more than $30,000. Some athletes and celebrities, including Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, rapper Cardi B, and singer Rihanna, have also called for justice and have expressed their condolences.
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