Two kids stabbed, one to death, in East New York

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Two 7-year-old children were stabbed in East New York Sunday evening and one has died, officials said.

Police said it appeared a boy was stabbed inside an elevator on Schenck Avenue near Stanley Avenue at about 5:50 p.m. A girl was also stabbed outside the building, police said.

They were both taken to Brookdale Hospital, but the boy died there, said Community Activist Tony Herbert. The stabbing seemed to be unprovoked, he said.
The children seemed to be on a trip for ice cream when the incident occurred, Herbert said.

A third person appeared to be stabbed as well and was in serious condition, said an FDNY spokesman. The age of the third victim was unclear. The identities of all three were not released.

The circumstances surrounding the stabbing and the relationship between the kids are unclear.

Police were looking for a heavy-set man as a possible suspect in the stabbing.

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In an unrelated incident, an 18-year-old girl was also stabbed to death in Brooklyn over the weekend. Tanaya Copeland, an aspiring nurse, suffered dozens of stab wounds, said Herbert, who is acting as a family spokesman.

He said a cab driver found Copeland just before 10:30 Friday night on the sidewalk near a rail yard by Stanley Avenue and Linwood Street.

Police said Copeland was about 13 blocks from her East New York home.
Copeland attended Long Island University Brooklyn and was beloved by her family, Herbert said.

“They’re extremely distraught,” he said about her family. “This was a good kid. This wasn’t one of those kids who was out there doing anything stupid.”

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There are no suspects in the case, police said.

Copeland was taken to Brookdale Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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