NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police said Monday that a stabbing that left a 6-year-old boy dead and a 7-year-old girl injured in a Brooklyn apartment building might be related to an earlier deadly stabbing nearby.
Prince Joshua “P.J.” Avitto, 6, and Mikayla Capers, 7, were found viciously stabbed inside an elevator at the Boulevard Houses public housing development on Schenck Avenue in East New York.
Mikayla survived, but Prince Joshua did not.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, P.J.’s mother, Aricka McClinton, spoke with reporters Monday night, as the community gathered for a painful vigil. McClinton was so distraught she barely able to stab up, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
“We got to find this man. We all have to find this man,” McClinton said. “My baby is gone. My niece is critical. We’ve got to find this man.” She said P.J.’s birthday was coming up in 15 days.
Police Monday were looking into whether the two young children were victims of a serial stabber, and said Monday evening that the stabbing might be related to an earlier incident due to “several common factors.”
Investigators found an 8-inch kitchen knife with a black handle near the scene — similar to one used in an attack Friday night just blocks away.
Nursing student Tanaya Copeland, 18, was fatally stabbed in the Friday night incident at 864 Stanley Ave. in Brooklyn.