Victim in church stabbing speaks

| April 29, 2013

Gerald Madrid said he was stabbed during morning mass at St. Jude Thaddeus, a Catholic church in Northwest Albuquerque.

Madrid, 53, told Action 7 News from his hospital bed at the University of New Mexico Hospital Sunday evening the man "had a knife and he stabbed me five times in the back."

The stabbing rampage began late in the service, around 11:50 am, during a reflective moment after communion. The choir was singing a hymn when witnesses said the suspect began jumping over the pews with a knife in his hand.

Police said that man was Lawrence Capener, 24.

Madrid was playing the flute to accompany the choir soloist. When Capener rushed forward and started stabbing the singer, Capener didn't think before acting.

"I just instinctively dropped my flute and charged the guy," he said, "and I got him into a bear hug and pinned him against the wall, but he was much taller than I am."

Madrid said he was stabbed once near the neck and four times in the back. The knife blade narrowly missed his spine and kidneys.

"I think he was trying to stab me more, but this time I was taking him down," he said.

Three others were injured, one critically.

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