Texas Church Stabbing Leaves 1 Dead, Three Injured

Feb 09, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

A vicious stabbing attack during a Wednesday service has left one member dead, two others injured, and the pastor of a church in Corpus Christi, Texas, fighting for his life.

Suspect Marco Moreno (Police Photo)

Police and other church members are still unable to determine a motive for the attack. Nueces County jail officials reported to KRISTV that the suspect, Marco Moreno, 28, was charged with one count of murder and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in custody with bail set at $1.45 million.

At about 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Corpus Christi Police were called to Kingdom Acts Ministries International church at the 1200 block of Cambridge Drive. Officers were directed inside the house-church where they discovered four people suffering from stab wounds, including the 54-year-old pastor, Janson Abraham. Witnesses identified Moreno, also a church member and still inside the house, as the attacker. Up to 20 people were at the house for a worship service when the stabbing took place.

Frank Castillo, 61, reportedly died inside the church during the attack. 

Corpus Christi police Lt. Chris Hooper shared with the Associated Press that mental illness is a suspected factor in the attack and noted that Moreno has an "alcohol- and drug-related history" with police.

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