Community center to be named after PJ Avitto

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Friends, relatives and other community members gathered Thursday to mourn three years since the slaying of Prince Joshua "PJ" Avitto, the 6-year-old boy stabbed to death in an East New York elevator.

Before the vigil, officials held a meeting to discuss a new community center that will bear his name. It will stand at the corner of Stanley and Schenk avenues.

"I was very honored to know that someone took the time to think about putting Prince's name on the center," says Aricka McClinton, PJ's mother. "That will be forever...I feel very honored."

PJ and his friend, Mikayla Capers, then 7, were on their way to get ice cream when police say Daniel St. Hubert stabbed them both in an elevator at the Boulevard Houses.

St. Hubert has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial and is awaiting his day in court.

The community center is set to open in August.

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