- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2014

New York City police are searching for a suspect who brutally stabbed two children, one fatally, inside a Brooklyn elevator Sunday night.

Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and Mikayla Capers, 7, were reportedly on their way to get ice cream about 6 p.m. when they were attacked in an elevator by a man wielding a knife.

The children were stabbed multiple times, both in their torsos. The boy died at Brookdale Hospital.

“He took my pride and joy away,” his father Nicholas Avitto, told the Daily News. “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.”

Mikayla was moved to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and remained in critical condition on Monday, My Fox New York reported.

“They were just going inside to get ices, that’s it. They weren’t bothering anybody,” family friend Sophia Diaz told CBS New York. “Who could find it in their heart to go into an elevator and stab a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old?”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Police described a heavy-set black man in his 20s, wearing a grey sweatshirt at the time of the attack.

The Daily News reports that police believe the killer is connected to the murder of Tanaya Grant, who was stabbed to death Friday night.

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