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Brooklyn boy, 6, dies after man stabs him and girl, 7, in elevator

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Two children were stabbed on the evening of June 1, 2014, as they headed out of a Brooklyn, NY housing development to buy a cold drink, according to The New York Times. The boy, just six years old, and the girl, only seven, were attacked inside an elevator at the Boulevard Houses just prior to 6 p.m. The boy has died and the girl is currently in critical condition, the Times reports.

Vice President of the Boulevard Houses Tenant Association, Clara Woods, told the publication, “…we all lost a child… This is a happy little boy. This is a pleasant little girl. They were going to get an Icee on a nice warm day… When something happens to one, it happens to all of us.”

The girl, Mikayla Capers, was found outside the apartment building, and the boy, Prince Joshua Avitto, was found still inside the elevator where police believe the attack took place. The two children were not blood relatives, but the Times reports they had been friends since they were toddlers.

No one has been apprehended in the case, thus police are desperately searching for a suspect regarding the attack. Deputy Chief Patrick Conry announced at a news conference that the man sought took off on foot after the stabbing. He is described as being heavyset and in his 20s, the Times reports. Nevertheless, The Republic and NBC NY indicate the suspect is in his 30s.

Tanaya Copeland, 18, was stabbed and killed just two days ago only a few blocks away from where the children were attacked. No one has been arrested in that murder. The Times reports police “could not immediately say whether there was any connection” to the children’s stabbings.

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