Church collects funds for school stabbings suspect

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Alex Hribal, the suspect in the stabbings at the Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, is taken from a district magistrate after he was arraigned on charges in the attack on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Export, Pa. Authorities say Hribal has been charged after allegedly stabbing and slashing at least 21 people, mostly students, in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania church has been collecting money to help pay for the defense of a 16-year-old boy charged in a mass stabbing at a nearby high school.

Officials at Calvary Lutheran Church in Murrysville tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that about $500 has been donated to the suspect, Alex Hribal , and his family.

Hribal is in custody awaiting a hearing on 21 counts of attempted homicide and other charges for allegedly taking two kitchen knives and randomly stabbing students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School on April 9. The school and church are about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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The suspect’s family doesn’t attend the church. Congregation chairwoman Kristine Birus says members are just trying to be compassionate to the suspect and his family.

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