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Mother of teen stabbed to death in Brooklyn says violence has ‘destroyed her family’

Posted: 3:50 PM, Jun 04, 2014
Updated: 2014-06-04 15:52:29-04

NEW YORK (AP) – The mother of a New York City teenager stabbed to death just days before two children were stabbed inside an elevator a few blocks away says the violence has destroyed her family.

Eighteen-year-old Tanya Copeland was fatally stabbed Friday night.

On Sunday evening, two children were stabbed at Brooklyn’s Boulevard Houses. Six-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto was killed, and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers was critically injured.


18-year-old Tanya Copeland was a talented drummer and an aspiring nurse.

Police are investigating whether the same suspect was involved. Similar knives were discovered at each location.

The teen’s mother, Rochelle Copeland, said Wednesday that it’s “harrowing” no one has been caught.
Police have released a sketch of a suspect in the children’s stabbings.

They have described the attacker as a stranger who chose the victims randomly.

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