ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Neighbors and the pastor of St. Jude Thaddeus Church are giving some insight into the man accused of stabbing four people at the northwest Albuquerque church on Sunday.
Lawrence Capener, 24, was arrested at the church Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses say during one of the final hymns, Capener got up from his pew, climbing over several other people and pews, then stabbing multiple members of the church choir.
St. Jude Thaddeus' pastor Father John Daniel said the Capener and his mother were "very active" in the parish and that the suspect's mother Shirley Capener is a Eucharistic minister there.
"I've spoken with his mother and we need to keep them all in prayer," said Father John Daniel.
Daniel says he's shocked the stabbing happened.
"I didn't have any glimpse of any indication, but apparently he had some challenges in the past," said
At the Capener's northwest home in Albuquerque just a couple miles from the church, APD stood by on Sunday, preventing anyone else from going to the door.
A neighbor living down the street to the Capener family, Janet Roubidoux was also shocked the hear the news.
"I was just flabbergasted I can't imagine anything like that happening, it's just, it's so out of character for the kid that I've seen for year around the neighborhood," said Roubidoux.
Janet says the Capener family has never caused problems, also calling Lawrence a "nice man."
"Just a mother, son, good kind of relationship, he was out helping his mother trim up the bushes a couple days ago in their yard," said Roubidoux "I think it's a sad thing and I hope everything works out not only for the people that were hurt but for Lawrence."
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