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Church collects funds for suspect

on May 02, 2014 10:35 AM

MURRYSVILLE (AP) — A Westmoreland County church has been collecting money to help pay for the defense of a 16-year-old boy charged in a mass stabbing at a nearby high school.

Officials at Calvary Lutheran Church in Murrysville told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that about $500 has been donated to the suspect, Alex Hribal, and his family.

Hribal is in custody awaiting a hearing on 21 counts of attempted homicide and other charges for allegedly taking two kitchen knives and randomly stabbing students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School on April 9. The school and church are about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The suspect’s family doesn’t attend the church. Congregation chairwoman Kristine Birus said members are just trying to be compassionate to the suspect and his family.

The church has also taken donations for the victims, two of whom remained hospitalized in fair condition Thursday, and their families.

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