Man Charged After Several Church Members Stabbed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (April 29, 2013)—Lawrence Capener, 24, of Albuquerque, N.M., was formally charged Monday in connection with an attack in which several members of a church choir were stabbed during a Sunday Mass.

Capener was booked late Sunday on three counts of aggravated battery and ordered in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Police say worshippers screamed as Capener stabbed several people just as Mass was ending at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church.

Authorities say he continued the attack until church members tackled him and held him down until officers arrived.

The motive for the bizarre attack at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass hasn’t been determined.

Four church members were injured.

They were in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

The injured included church choir director Adam Alvarez and flutist Gerald Madrid, police spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan released a statement Sunday afternoon saying he was saddened by the attack.

"This is the first time in my 30 years serving as archbishop in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and as Bishop of Lubbock, that anything like this has occurred," Sheehan said. "I pray for all who have been harmed, their families, the parishioners and that nothing like this will ever happen again," Sheehan said.


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