NYPD probes link between fatal stabbings of teen and 6-year-old in Brooklyn

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn (PIX11) — The NYPD is probing a possible link between Brooklyn stabbings that left a teenage girl and a six-year-old boy dead and a seven-year-old girl fighting for her life.

Tanaya Copeland, 18, was stabbed to death while walking to a friends house through an industrial area in East New York last Friday evening.

Copeland, who has talented drummer and college student, was found on Stanley Avenue, stabbed “at least 30 times.”

Just two days later, two children going to get ice cream were viciously attacked and stabbed in the elevator of the Boulevard Houses in the same neighborhood.

Stabbing Suspect and victims

Police believe there is a link between the stabbings, which all happened over the weekend in East New York.

Prince “P.J” Avitto, 6, died of his injures, while his playmate, Mikayla Capers, 7, remains in critical condition.

“Investigation by the Detective Bureau has identified several common factors between the homicide of Tanya Copeland on May 30, 2014 and the homicide of Prince Joshua Avitto on June 1, 2014,” the department said in a statement Monday evening.

“These factors, including the types of weapons used in the two homicides, and the close proximity of the incidents, have led detectives to believe that both of these cases may be related.”

A sketch of the suspect, who is described as heavy-set black male, has since been released.