Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson woke up to the horrible news on Sunday that his six-year old cousin had been stabbed to death in an elevator in New York City.
The youngster, Prince Joshua Avitto, and a 7-year-old girl were in the elevator about to get some ice cream at around 6 p.m. when an unidentified individual wielding a knife attacked them.
According to SI.com, the attacker was a heavyset man believed to be in his 20s, stabbed both children in the torso on the elevator somewhere between the first and fourth floors after telling them to “shut up,” police sources said. Both children were rushed to the hospital, where P.J. died, mere weeks before his seventh birthday.
Gibson, who grew up in Brooklyn, later posted a photo on Instagram of his young cousin along with a heartbreaking caption, "They killed my lil super man. #rippj only two more weeks until your 7 birthday. Tears forever. This can't be life #foreversuperman #babycuzz"
Kevin Velez is a resident of the area where the attack happened and described the scene as Avitto was carried out of the building.
“He was lifeless, just lifeless. I can’t get the image out of my head,” he said. “There was blood all over the front door."