ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - As the suspect in the St. Jude Thaddeus Church stabbing had his first day in court today, the church was reopening its doors for worship and beginning the healing process.
St. Jude Thaddeus Church reopened its doors to the public Monday, welcoming people for prayer and mass services at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Clean-up crews spent Sunday night cleaning blood from the sidewalks and removing soiled carpets from the sanctuary to prepare for reopening. One day later, there are still many places where carpet is missing from the sanctuary.
While there's still clean-up to do inside, the church's pastor, Father John C. Daniel says the incident will not hold the church back from its mission.
"I think the important thing to remember is there are challenges in humanity, period, and terrible things happen in this world," said Daniel in an interview with KRQE News 13 on Monday.
Recalling Sunday's attack, Daniel says witnesses say Capener jump over pews on the right side of the sanctuary, then run to the choir on the left.
According to a criminal complaint filed against Capener, Albuquerque Police say Capener stabbed choir director Adam Alvarez repeatedly, accusing him of being a Freemason involved in a widespread conspiracy.
Off-duty AFD firefighter Greg Aragon suffered lacerations to his head while trying to stop the attack.
Choir member Gerald Madrid tried to help as well and was stabbed five times.
"I think that says a lot about our parish, that there was many people willing to help in so many ways," said Daniel.
Within seconds, Capener was detained.
"People reached out and may that be the message we remember, that there were people there, that nobody was left alone," said Daniel.
Moving forward, Father Daniel says the church will continue to pray for the victims, but also the suspect, Lawrence Capener and his family.
"Let them know they're in our prayers and we support them," said Daniel.
The two of the people who were most seriously injured, Gerald Madrid and Adam Alvarez are still in an Albuquerque hospital but expected to be OK. Alvarez is recovering from major arm surgery after suffering serious cuts. He won't be able to move his arm for at least six weeks.
Alvarez's family released a statement Monday:
"I wanted to let everyone know that their prayers are appreciated and that I am making a good recovery. The doctors are very optimistic, I will be back at St. Jude Thaddeus as soon as I am fully recovered."
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