Remains of Family Slain in New York City Hotel Taken to New Jersey for Burial

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Marc Santia / NBC 4 New York

The remains of two little girls and their mother, stabbed at a Staten Island hotel, have been taken to New Jersey for burial.

Heartbroken family members bowed their heads as the three white coffins for 26-year-old Rebecca Cutler, 19-month-old Ziana and 4-month-old Maiyah were brought out of a Brooklyn funeral home on Friday.

On Thursday, dozens of mourners, some clutching toys, wept as they packed a service for the mother and children.

Cutler's other daughter, 2-year-old Miracle, was critically injured in the Feb. 10 attack at the hotel, which accommodated homeless people.

Cutler's boyfriend, Michael Sykes, who was Maiyah's father, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Sykes was seen with Cutler and his family before the stabbings, going to breakfast with them and buying soda and Pop Tarts, investigators said. He was seen on surveillance footage entering their hotel room, then leaving four minutes later. He got on a bus, and got off at the St. George Ferry Terminal. He wasn't caught on camera again, but is thought to have taken the Staten Island Ferry back to Manhattan.

Authorities say that he called his mother after the attack, confessed to the crime and talked about committing suicide.

Cutler and her family had been living at the hotel since December and had been in and out of the shelter system since 2014.

After the attack, Mayor de Blasio said the other 28 families at the hotel were being relocated.

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