Residents outraged at lack of cameras in Brooklyn building where children were stabbed

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EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn (PIX11) — As Nicholas Avitto stands in front of the memorial erected for his slain 6-year-old son, we can hear the resignation in his voice, as he talks about preparing for a Friday funeral.

But that resignation is also singed with a palpable sense of frustration, over an intense search for the man accused of fatally stabbing little P.J. Avitto, and seriously wounding his playmate, seven-year-old Mikayla Capers Sunday evening.

It happened inside their building’s elevator at the Boulevard Houses in East New York, Brooklyn.

Stabbing Suspect and victims

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

Detectives fear the same suspect is also responsible for fatally stabbing an 18-year-old woman, not far from this location just two days earlier. But Avitto and detectives are limited to working off this sketch, because they do not have New York City Housing Authority surveillance video to aid in their search.

Along with the senselessness of this crime, and the grief that comes with it, the absence of a security camera system in this city housing development is now a main focal point of this story.

Mayor de Blasio wants answers, less red tape, and a speedier timeline.

These internal Housing Authority documents obtained by PIX11, show the agency after working with city officials and the NYPD.

Signatures were also secured from several other parties, including the tenant association president and the building manager, for multiple camera installations throughout the Boulevard Houses’ eighteen buildings, including building No. 11, where the suspect attacked the children, and then fled through the lobby.

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