Church stabbing: One year later

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)  – Monday marks the one year anniversary of a stabbing at an Albuquerque church that shocked the city.

Police say 25-year-old Lawrence Capener jumped over pews and stabbed three men during Sunday mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Church on the Westside.

The three survived but will never forget that day.

“He came at me so quickly and just started doing the ice pick maneuver, and he punctured my back and then sliced up and down my arm several times,” said victim Adam Alvarez.

Stabbing victim Gerald Madrid said, “Just instinctively, I dropped my flute and I charged him.”

Capener told detectives he was after one of the victims saying he thought he was a mason involved in a conspiracy.

Capener is in jail. His trial is set for September on charges of aggravated assault, attempted murder and three counts of aggravated battery.

The DA says if convicted, Capener faces more than 20 years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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