"Unfortunately, his dream was crushed by these unsafe gang members", said Feliz.
Surveillance footage showed Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz being attacked with knives and a machete by Trinitario gang members in June 2018 - a killing that shocked NY and the nation.
The five men, members of Los Trinitarios, were sentenced four months after they were convicted of first- and second-degree murder, conspiracy, and gang assault.
Guzman-Feliz's father calmly faced the backs of the five convicted gang members, as he told Judge Robert Neary how the vicious murder of his son left him with "a struggle to find meaning in my life".
The heaviest sentence was handed to Jonaiki Martinez Estrella, 25, who allegedly plunged a knife into Guzman-Feliz's neck, ultimately killing him.
The victim, known as "Junior", was followed into a Bronx bodega, dragged onto the street and stabbed with knives and machetes. Prosecutors believe it was a case of mistaken identity.
According to the New York Times, Manuel Rivera, 19, was sentenced to 23 years to life prison, while his co-defendants-Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, 25; Jose Muniz, 23; and Elvin Garcia, 25-received 25 years to life.
"This is a case for everybody, so we all are one because you all became part of this case", said Manny Ortiz, Junior's brother. "I really appreciate it as a brother".
"Certain words come to mind when I think about your involvement", Neary said to Martinez Estrella.
"I'd like to ask for forgiveness from all his family, Dominicans, and the state of NY and all my family for dirtying their name", Muniz said. In victim impact statements, read in unwavering Spanish, they let the courtroom know the depth of their unending grief.
Junior's mother said two people died that night: Junior and herself.
Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago's mother got up and screamed in the courtroom after the judge handed down her son's lengthy term.
In addressing the defendants, Guzman said: "I will never forgive you for deciding to murder my son".