MIDWOOD - A memorial was held today to mark the 20th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots that embroiled racial tensions in the neighborhood.
The rioting began Aug. 19, 1991 after a 7-year-old black boy, Gavin Cato, was struck and killed by a driver belonging to the ultra-Orthodox Lubavitch community. Three hours later, a gang of angry blacks shouting "Get the Jew!" descended on and fatally stabbed Yankel Rosenbaum, who was visiting from Australia. Rioting continued for two more days in the community.
Today in Midwood, Gavin Cato's father, Carmel Cato, and Norman Rosenbaum, the brother of Yankel Rosenbaum, joined together in a show of unity.
"The African-American, Caribbean-American, the Jewish communities do get along, we wanted to be symbols of that cooperation and understanding that does exist," said Norman Rosenbaum.