“We know that he’s not the same and to see that he’s unable to communicate and move and be able to tell us what’s wrong, it really hurts. We’re devastated and we want justice,” said Natalie Cuevas, his 17-year-old twin sister.
“When we look at Leonel, we don’t see the same kid he was before,” she said. “This tragedy has caused damage physically and emotionally to my whole entire family,”
The incident is still under investigation and the officer involved remains on active duty.
Coincidentally, Cuevas is a cousin to Reynaldo Cuevas, a bodega worker shot and killed by another officer last year during a botched robbery in the Bronx.