The 6-year-old cousin of Bulls power forward Taj Gibson was stabbed to death in a Brooklyn elevator Sunday evening, the New York Post reported.
The young boy, identified as Prince Joshua Avitto, and a 7-year-old girl were in the elevator en route to get some ice cream at about 6 p.m. when an unidentified person wielding a butcher’s knife attacked them.
“They were just coming outside to get some ice cream and ices,” said Inez Rodriguez, president of a tenants association. “This is the worst thing that I’ve ever seen in this neighborhood.”
After attacking the children, the suspect fled from the scene, leaving behind the butcher knife, the Post reported.
The girl managed to stumble out of the elevator and collapsed in front of a nearby building.
She was taken to Brookdale Hospital with serious lacerations and wounds, but is expected to survive.
Kevin Velez, 41, is a resident of the building who described the scene as Avitto was carried out of the building.
“He was lifeless, just lifeless. I can’t get the image out of my head,” he said. “There was blood all over the front door. This is horrendous. The police need to catch this animal.”
Just days earlier, an 18-year-old girl in East York died after she was stabbed 32 times in the chest.
Police aren’t yet sure if the two attacks, which appeared to be random, are connected.
Gibson posted a photo of his late cousin on his Instagram.
“They killed my lil super man. #rippj only two more weeks until your 7 birthday. Tears forever this can’t be life #foreversuperman #babycuzz,” he wrote.
UPDATE: NYPD released a sketch of the suspect believed to have committed the stabbings, according to local news station PIX11.THIS MAN WANTED FOR MURDERING 6-YEAR-OLD PRINCE JOSHUA AVITTO IN BROOKLYN; Male black 25-35 approx 6’0, heavy build pic.twitter.com/A1HXFr79U3
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