Parishioners take action during attack

| April 29, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – When a man reportedly rushed a church choir near the end of Sunday mass and started stabbing people , several people rushed toward the choir to help.

KRQE News 13 learned more about the people who chose to put themselves in harms way when they had a split second to take action.

Witnesses described it as a terrifying experience, when police said Lawrence Capener rushed the choir and started stabbing people.

"One person had seven stabs in the back, the other person had two stabs in the right arm," said Herbert Trujillo, parishioner at Saint Jude Thaddeus Church.

The choir had been singing a closing hymn at the end of Sunday mass, when the peace turned to panic.

"I glanced up and I saw a younger man, he just had a look of anger and fury, hatred," explained Brenda Baca King, church pianist.

Baca King said that's when 24-year-old Capener hurdled over the pews and rushed the lead soloist. At first, parishioners said they thought he was punching the victim, but quickly realized it was even worse.

"You heard him say ow, ow, like he is getting stabbed," recalled one witness.

"All the crowd and people there started going toward him and getting him, tackling him down and everyone was calling 911," said Matthew, a parishioner at Saint Jude Thaddeus Church.

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