NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s been 25 years since Australian student Yankel Rosenbaum was stabbed to death during the 1991, Crown Heights riots — the worst race riots the city has ever seen.
Yankel’s brother Norman Rosenbaum met with Carmel Cato — the father of Gavin Cato who was killed by a Jewish driver — to commemorate the loss of their loved ones.READ MORE: Bronx High-Rise Victims Remembered With Public Funeral, Officials Pledge To Keep Up Support For Survivors
The last time they met was at the 20th commemoration.
The community has planned a festival this week to commemorate the events and to push the idea of unity.
Norman has said that he finds the idea of a weeklong festival inappropriate.READ MORE: COVID Hospitalizations Drop For 4th Straight Day Across New York State
As 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reported, the pair sat at a table at Essen NY Deli as any long time friends would, but their friendship is one that started in tragedy.
“He lost his brother, I lost my son,” Cato said.
Gavin was killed by a Jewish driver, and hours later Norman’s brother was murdered at the start of the riots.
“You never compare tragedies and losses of life, but when you experience a loss of this magnitude there’s a bond that is created,” Rosenbaum said.MORE NEWS: New Jersey Officials Warn Storm Will Bring Dangerous Mix Of Snow, Freezing Rain And Strong Winds
Both said their friendship is important not only to them, but as an example to others.