A Corpus Christi pastor was attacked by a a man with possible mental problems as he led a home service as part of a 40 day pledge taken by church members. Members identified the suspect as a parishioner.
According to Time:
One man has died after he and three others were stabbed during a church service at a private home in Corpus Christi, Texas.
A reported 20 people were in the home Wednesday night when a member of the congregation used a knife to stab four men. A 61-year-old man later died of his injuries, while the church’s 54-year-old pastor was hospitalized in serious condition. The man was identified as Frank Castillo.
A band member was stabbed in the neck and the pastor was stabbed in his chest, and both men were taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police said the other two victims suffered puncture wounds — one to his hand and the other to his arm — while trying to get the suspect away from the pastor.
The suspect, 28-year-old Marco Antonio Moreno, immediately surrendered to congregants after the stabbing, Hooper said. Moreno was being held at the Nueces County jail on Thursday on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
“The officers at the scene suspect there is a mental health issue with the offender,” said Hooper, who noted that Moreno has an “alcohol- and drug-related history” with police.