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Family and Friends Mourn Murdered Bronx Teen Joshua Baez

By DNAinfo Staff on April 9, 2012 4:53pm

Joshua Baez was stabbed to death in the Bronx on April 7, 2012.
Joshua Baez was stabbed to death in the Bronx on April 7, 2012.
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By Tuan Nguyen and Amy Zimmer

DNAinfo Staff

CASTLE HILL — Family and friends mourned a teen who was stabbed to death over the weekend just blocks from his home, setting up a makeshift memorial for the victim, who pals said loved baseball.

Baez, 17, was found outside of 1232 Virginia Ave., near Ellis Avenue, with a stab wound to his chest early Saturday morning. He was rushed to Westchester Square Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

Baez was stabbed to death just a couple of blocks from his family's home on Gleason Avenue, where friends memorialized him.

The victim's father, still reeling from the loss, said Monday that his son rarely went out.

"They said somebody called him that evening," the father said. "That's what we've heard so far."

A neighbor, who only gave his name as Joey, said Baez was a good kid who loved baseball and wasn't involved "into any kind of s---" like other kids in the area.

"It's just so sad that he's so young," said Joey, who is in his 30s, as he was wrote "To Josh, Peace at last," at Baez's memorial.

Another woman who passed by said: "I hope they found the murderers. He didn't deserve what happened to him. [He was a] very good kid, always respected other people."

A teen, who declined to give his name, said Baez did well in school.

"All I can tell it's just the world we live in here," he said.

No arrests have yet been made.