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NYC remembers dark chapter of Crown Heights race riot

  • FILE - In this Aug. 21, 1991, file photo, New York Police Department officers, in riot gear, walk past a police car that was overturned by rioters in the Crown Heights section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. A plan to mark the 25th anniversary of the Crown Heights riot with a family-friendly street festival has drawn criticism from the brother of a rabbinical student who suffered a fatal knife wound during the unrest. Organizers say the idea of the festival is to foster a sense of unity in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/David Burns, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 1991, file photo, New York Police Department officers, in riot gear, walk past a police car that was overturned by rioters in the Crown Heights section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. A plan to mark the 25th anniversary of the Crown Heights riot with a family-friendly street festival has drawn criticism from the brother of a rabbinical student who suffered a fatal knife wound during the unrest. Organizers say the idea of the festival is to foster a sense of unity in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/David Burns, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2002, file photo, Carmel Cato, center, reaches out to embrace Norman Rosenbaum, right, as they walk together in a show of unity into a New York restaurant on the 11th anniversary of the 1991 Crown Heights riots sparked by the deaths of Cato's 7-year-old son Gavin Cato and the murder of Rosenbaum's brother Yankel, an Australian student. On Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, residents of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn mark the 25th anniversary of the riot. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2002, file photo, Carmel Cato, center, reaches out to embrace Norman Rosenbaum, right, as they walk together in a show of unity into a New York restaurant on the 11th anniversary of the 1991 Crown Heights riots sparked by the deaths of Cato's 7-year-old son Gavin Cato and the murder of Rosenbaum's brother Yankel, an Australian student. On Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, residents of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn mark the 25th anniversary of the riot. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)  (The Associated Press)

About three dozen people have marched through the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights following a memorial service marking the 25th anniversary of one of New York City's darkest chapters.

The 1991 race riot in the Crown Heights neighborhood started after Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black boy, was hit and killed by a car in a rabbi's motorcade. Hours later, a Jewish doctoral student, Yankel Rosenbaum, was stabbed to death. Four days of violence followed.

The neighborhood is holding a series of anniversary events Sunday as part of "One Crown Heights." One of the events, a festival, has been criticized by Rosenbaum's family as being insensitive and trivializing what happened.

Cato's father, Carmel, said the neighborhood has become more accepting in the last two decades. He said he's disappointed Rosenbaum's brother didn't attend the event.