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Hundreds mourn 18-year-old stabbed to death in Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Hundreds of mourners gathered inside the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Brooklyn Wednesday evening for the funeral of 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland.

“My daughter was special. She was loved,” said Rochelle Copeland.

Tanaya was stabbed dozens of times and died of her injuries on May 30. She was a member of the Royal Knights marching band and was on the way home from practice at the time of the attack.

Band director Osei Smith told PIX11 many of the members have struggled with the loss. “There’s some emptiness the moment they step into the line and they realize she’s not there.”

The Royal Knights performed at Tanaya’s funeral.

No arrests have been made in Copeland’s murder, however investigators are probing whether the same suspect who allegedly attacked two children inside a Schenck Avenue building, killing a 6-year-old boy, is the same knife-wielding attacker who killed the teenager.