The teenager was stabbed and burned in the Bronx had recently dated his alleged killer’s 14-year-old sister, law enforcement sources and the family said Thursday.
Adones Betances – who lives about five blocks from the alleged victim Winston Ortiz, 18 – was furious at the age gap between the two, sources say.
He is accused of stabbing Ortiz three times before releasing him with petrol and setting him on fire on the fifth floor of a Highbridge building near their home on Wednesday afternoon.
Sources said Bentances, 22, entered the building just 10 minutes before Ortiz as part of a planned attack.
“I still can not believe it. What goes through your mind to do such a thing? “, Said Ortiz̵
He confirmed that his brother had been in a relationship with the suspect’s younger sister, but said she had ended it on Wednesday.
“I’m pretty sure all of this has to do with a breakdown he had dealt with yesterday,” Wilmer said. “This is [his ex-girlfriend’s] older brother we’re talking about. “
The teenager said he could not remember why the girl broke things up with his brother, but that it was “something about him being too overprotective,” he added, “but I do not know what that means.”
His brother, a student at the Metropolitan Lifehouse Charter School, had been “very emotional” about the split, Wilmer said.
Teenagers screaming around 3pm on Wednesday warned neighbors who dizzying the flames with buckets of water.
Police said Ortiz was stabbed twice in the back and once in the chest and suffered burns over 90 percent of his body.
The dying teenager identified his alleged killer when police arrived on the scene, according to sources – who said Betances accidentally took his girlfriend out to dinner after the fatal attack.
“No amount in criminal proceedings will compensate for the fact that he took a life away,” the victim’s brother said. “I’m sorry someone felt obligated to do this.”
Betances claimed he was framed after his arrest Thursday. He is being held on charges of murder and manslaughter.