Monday, April 29, 2013

4 stabbed at church: Crazed knife wielding churchgoer attacks church choir

4 stabbed at church: Crazed knife wielding churchgoer attacks church choir, Albuquerque police have an identity for the man accused of stabbing four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as the Sunday mass was nearing its end.

Yahoo! News carries the April 29 Associated Press report of the church stabbing. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says 24-year-old Lawrence Capener is now in custody and is expected to face felony charges.

Investigators say Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday, walked up to the choir area and then began stabbing members of the church, some of which were choir singers.

Among those stabbed were the church choir director Adam Alvarez, flutist Gerald Madrid and two other parishioners.

The injuries sustained to the four churchgoers are not considered life-threatening.

An off-duty police officer in attendance for the service, as well as other good Samaritans, rushed to subdue the crazed man before he could inflict further harm. Capener was held him until police arrived.

Madrid told KOB-TV that he tried to stop Capener by placing him in a bear hug but was stabbed in the neck and back.

The stabbings occurred as the choir had just begun its closing hymns.

The choir's pianist, Brenda Baca King, told KRQE-TV that the attacker was looking at the lead soloist. "I just remember seeing him hurdle over the pews, hurdle over people and run (toward) us and I thought, 'Oh my God, this is not good,'" Baca King said.

Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan released a statement saying he was saddened by the attack. "I pray for all who have been harmed, their families, the parishioners and that nothing like this will ever happen again," Sheehan said.

Reyes Stinson, an 18-year-old in attendance for the church service, expressed dismay that such violence would occur in a church.

"While that was going on, people were just panicking. It was scary, you wouldn’t think something like that would happen in church," Reyes Stinson said.

Another young parishioner, 14-year-old Vanessa Lucero, said she was sitting right behind the man, who "was kind of twitchy, sketchy looking. He had a tattoo of an upside-down star on his wrist."

Lucero said the man climbed over the pews, punched and then repeatedly stabbed the choir's lead singer.

"He said something like, "False preacher!'" Lucero said. "I don’t know why."

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