Winston Ortiz was a New York City teen who was allegedly set on fire inside a Bronx apartment building during a dispute with another man on Wednesday afternoon, leaving him in critical condition.
According to police, the suspect entered the building just before Ortiz did and then carried out the brazen attack.
He is survived by his mother and father, 2 younger brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, his GoFundMe page said.
Winston Ortiz Set on Fire Inside a Bronx Apartment
The victim, identified as 18-year-old Winston Ortiz, was stabbed three times then doused with gasoline and lit aflame with a match on the fifth floor of 1045 Woodycrest Ave. in Highbridge around 3 p.m.
According to police resources, the alleged suspect entered the building about 10 minutes before Ortiz — who does not live there — then carried out the attack.
Two neighbors in the building were able to douse the flames using buckets of water before EMTs arrived. Ortiz was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition.
No arrests have so far been made over the death of Ortiz.
Tribute Paid To Winston Ortiz
Late on Wednesday night, Ortiz’s aunt posted a heartbreaking message on her Facebook page:
“Today we found out our oldest nephew was brutally murdered in NY. He fought hard for his life until he could no longer fight and passed away this evening. I am begging all of my friends to share our GoFundMe as no parent should outlive their child let alone worry about how to pay for funeral arrangements. My heart is so broken into pieces and beyond consoling”.
Winston Ortiz GoFundMe
Ortiz was loved by all who came to know him. He was active in his church and a role model for all of his younger brothers and cousins. He was bound for greatness.
A GoFundMe page has been set for Winston Ortiz’s memorial.