On Monday, June 2, according to the New York Daily News, police were searching for a man who stabbed two children in Brooklyn leaving one dead and the other in critical condition. The children were in the elevator of an apartment building in Brooklyn’s East New York on their way to get ice cream when they were attacked.
Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and Mikayla Capers, 7, were attacked at 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. According to a source at the police department, the man is believed to be a heavyset African-American and in his 20s. He stabbed the two young children in their torsos as he yelled at them to “shut up.”
Avitto’s body was found in the elevator in the Boulevard housing development while Capers was found in front of a neighboring building. Neighbor Kevin Velez, 41, spoke with the New York Post and said of Capers, “The girl was up and talking, but she didn’t look too good.”
Velez went on to say, “This is horrendous. The police need to catch this animal. I saw the ambulance workers cart out [the boy]. He was lifeless, just lifeless. I can’t get the image out of my head.”
Nicholas Avitto spoke to the New York Daily News regarding his son, lovingly known as P.J. “He [the attacker] took my pride and joy away. I’m devastated. I’m beyond comprehension. I’m trying to understand how God works. My son is gone. That was the light of my life.”
The attack on the two children occurred just two days after Long Island University freshman Tayana Copeland, 18, died from being stabbed 32 times in the chest. She was killed near where the children were stabbed and police have not yet ruled out a connection between the two attacks.
A source at the police department stated that they were reviewing surveillance footage in the ongoing investigation.
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