7-Year-Old Stabbed in Elevator Describes Healing - NBC New York

7-Year-Old Stabbed in Elevator Describes Healing



    7-Year-Old Stabbed in Elevator Describes Healing

    A 7-year-old girl who was stabbed in a public housing building's elevator said Saturday that she was feeling "good" two months after the assault that killed a young friend.

    Mikayla Capers had 16 stab wounds following the June 1 attack in Brooklyn, which left her 6-year-old friend Prince Joshua "PJ" Avitto dead. Family members said after the attack that Mikayla experienced a great deal of trauma

    On Saturday, speaking at a rally organized by Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Mikayla smiled and appeared bubbly while speaking to reporters.

    "I'm feeling good, and it's because y'all supported me," said Mikayla, who said she is not in any pain.

    At one point she stood with her hands over her head in a heart shape and said she was doing it "for PJ."

    The girl's great-grandmother, Regenia Trevathan, said Mikayla is being treated for post-traumatic stress and that the first few weeks following the stabbing were extremely challenging for Mikayla because she didn't have a therapist in place.

    "One of the hardest things I had to explain to her was a couple of weeks ago she woke up and asked me to take her to his grave to put flowers," said Trevathan, who noted the boy had been cremated, a concept Mikayla didn't understand.

    Mikayla also said she is looking forward to returning to school, where she will enter third grade, and that she hopes to be a doctor when she grows up.

    A man charged with the attack pleaded not guilty.

    In addition to running the National Action Network, Al Sharpton is a talk show host on MSNBC, which is owned by WNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal.

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