The Bronx teen accused of fatally stabbing a classmate while they were at school was released on Wednesday after a judge lowered his bail.
Attorneys for 18-year-old Abel Cedeno asked the judge to lower bail from $500,000 to $250,000, and the teen was able to raise the money with the help of state Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. along with members of the LGBT community, reported ABC 7 New York.
Cedeno wrote a letter of gratitude to those who helped contribute to his bond.
"I am grateful to the people who donated to my bond fund, which allowed my release,” he wrote. “Specifically, I thank the many gay men who generously donated.”
“I promise you that your faith in me will never be betrayed. You are, in the words of Shakespeare, 'less than kin but more than kind.'"
Earlier this month, Cedeno pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and assault in the death 15-year-old Matthew McCree, a classmate at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.
Following the bail hearing, victim's mother expressed her outrage.
"I'm pissed the hell off," Louna Dennis told ABC 7. "I'm pissed. He gets to go home with his family for Christmas. My son is in a fricking cemetery. Fricking in the dirt. And he gets to go home to his family? I'm pissed the hell off, and at this point, I feel like the system is failing me."
Cedeno claimed he’s suffered years of bullying because of his sexuality. After his release, he said he wanted to thank his “two gay attorneys for your hard work, trust and faith,” reported the New York Post.
(Photo: ABC 7 Eyewitness News)