Community sighs in relief after child killer is convicted

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PJ Avitto, 6, was stabbed 16 times and killed. Mikayla Capers, 10, was seriously injured. PJ Avitto, 6, was stabbed 16 times and killed. Mikayla Capers, 10, was seriously injured.
EAST NEW YORK -

Members of the East New York community where a 6-year-old boy was murdered in 2015 cheered the news Tuesday that a jury had convicted his attacker.

Daniel St. Hubert stabbed PJ Avitto to death in an elevator, seriously injuring his 7-year-old friend in the process as the two children were on their way to get ice cream in June of that year.

A community center across the street from the Boulevard Houses, where PJ lived, now bears his name.

Across the family-filled community, there was a tangible sense of relief. Parents said they feel safer now.

Children who knew the victims said that while nothing can undo the crime, St. Hubert's conviction was the best possible outcome.

PJ's family returned to the housing complex after the jurors' decision saying justice had been served.

St. Hubert's defense team is expected to appeal the verdict.

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