Police believe the attackers mistook Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15 for a man who appeared in an online sex tape with a relative of one of the culprits.
Mr Guzman-Feliz was dragged from a bodega on East 183rd and Bathgate Avenue in Tremont on June 20 at 11.40 pm and was repeatedly stabbed by multiple men with knives.
Police said Mr Guzman-Feliz was also stabbed in the neck with a machete during the horrific attack.
Following the fatal stabbing Mr Guzman-Feliz attempted to run to St Barnabas Hospital to seek treatment, but died from his injuries before he got there.
Police are currently searching for six people involved in the attack who drove away from the scene in separate cars.
According to the victim’s mother her son had left the house to loan a friend some money.
She described her son as a “good kid with a good heart.”
A GoFundMe set up to raise funds for funeral expenses has already raised £55,000 ($73,000).
The murder has drawn widespread attention, an NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea has vowed to catch the killers.
Writing on twitter he said: “We’ll never give up on him.”