A Bronx, N.Y., teen charged with fatally stabbing his 15-year-old classmate in September will be capable of spend the vacations together with his household.
Abel Cedeno, 18, was launched Wednesday on a $250,000 bond. As WABC-TV reports, a decide had lowered Cedeno’s bail from $500,000 on his manslaughter expenses within the dying of classmate Matthew McCree. Cedeno entered a not responsible plea.
Cedeno’s bond cash was largely fundraised. According to the New York Post, in a press release launched to the press, Cedeno thanked his benefactors, notably these within the homosexual group, who’ve rallied across the teen after stories surfaced that the teenager had endured racist and anti-gay bullying.
“I’m grateful to the individuals who donated to my bond fund,” Cedeno’s assertion, which was handed out to the media, learn. “Particularly, I thank the various homosexual males who generously donated.” Cedeno added that his benefactors “make me proud to be homosexual.”
“I promise you that your religion in me won’t ever be betrayed,” Cedeno added about his bond donors. “You’re, within the phrases of Shakespeare, ‘lower than kin however greater than sort.’”
Additionally amongst Cedeno’s donors is New York state Sen. the Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr., who’s a member of the Bronx church the Cedeno household attends. Cedeno additionally thanked his household for his or her help, and thanked the guards at New York Metropolis’s Rikers Island jail, the place he was being held, for his or her professionalism.
Cedeno’s family and friends declare the teenager had been bullied for years about his race and sexuality. In a DNAinfo report from September, the household says that Cedeno had endured excessive bullying, and was referred to as a “faggot” and a “spic” by classmates at his faculty, the City Meeting Faculty for Wildlife Conservation within the West Farms part of the Bronx. They are saying the varsity was conscious of Cedeno’s bullying, however did nothing to cease it.
However police say Cedeno by no means reached out to directors on the City Meeting Faculty about being harassed—and that whereas Cedeno endured bullying, he didn’t have any prior issues with the 2 boys he stabbed.
In response to police, Cedeno stabbed Matthew and one other classmate, Ariane Laboy, after they bullied him throughout a historical past class. In accordance with a police spokeman, Ariane and Matthew had been throwing pencils at Cedeno throughout morning class earlier than Cedeno pulled out a knife he had purchased on Amazon two weeks earlier and stabbed them each. Ariane survived; Matthew didn’t.
Louna Dennis, Matthew’s mom, was outraged at Cedeno’s launch and his household’s lack of regret for the demise of her son.
“I’m pissed the hell off,” Dennis informed WABC-TV. “I’m pissed. He will get to go house together with his household for Christmas. My son is in a fricking cemetery. Fricking within the filth. And he will get to go house to his household? I’m pissed the hell off, and at this level, I really feel just like the system is failing me.”