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Baseball League Honors Stabbing Victims at Opening Parade

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Prince Joshua "PJ" Avitto, the young boy stabbed in Brooklyn, may be gone, but not forgotten. Avitto's baseball league is remembering him and another young person killed in East New York. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.

Some of them are tiny tots, kicking off their baseball season with a march through the streets of East New York, just like they do every year.

"It's nice. It's really nice," one attendee says.

"I think it's actually awesome. Awesome for the neighborhood and awesome for the kids," said another.

This year, though, the Latin Souls Baseball Organization's Opening Day Parade was missing one of its players.

Prince Joshua "PJ" Avitto, the six-year-old boy stabbed to death in an elevator at the Boulevard Houses last Sunday, played in the Pamper Division.

"I couldn't believe it at first. It seemed unreal. It seemed like it was a lie until we went there and really seen what happened. It was tragic," said assistant coach Benjamin Jenkins.

On Saturday there were no tears, though.

The league is turning tragedy in a celebration of life, honoring Avitto and 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland, who was also stabbed in the area two weeks ago.

"I'm so at a loss for words; this is so beautiful...that they're honoring our babies like this," said Avitto's mother, Aricka McClinton.

The victims mothers didn't know each other before, but say their loss has brought them together.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that the man accused of stabbing Avitto could also be responsible for Copeland's death.

United, the mothers and community are fighting for justice.

"He shouldn't have been out. For all the crimes he committed he shouldn't have been out and you know we need to try to fix that. We're going to fix that. There's no we're going to try. We're going to fix that. We're going to make legislation to fix that so this don't happen ever again," said Rochelle Copeland, Tanaya Copeland's mother.

All of this happening while the man accused of killing Avitto is sitting in jail without bail.

Daniel St. Hubert, 27, is facing charges of attempted murder and murder.

If found guilty, he could face 50 years to life in prison.

His next day in court is June 11.

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