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Churchgoers injured while trying to protect pastor from knife attack: report

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Several churchgoers were injured during a Wednesday night gathering as they tried to protect their pastor from a knife-wielding parishioner.

Corpus Christi, Texas, news station KRIS-TV reported on Wednesday that the pastor and a male church member were both in critical condition after the attack.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Thursday that one of the men, identified as Frank Castillo, later died as a result of his injuries. The report did not specify whether the fatality was the pastor or the church member.

What are the details of the incident?

The incident occurred at the pastor's home, where churchgoers were gathered for a nondenominational service.

According to KRIS, witnesses told authorities that during the service, one of the churchgoers reportedly "[leapt] from the crowd and attacked the pastor," stabbing him and one of the band members.

A video report from KRIS said that the pastor had been stabbed multiple times in the chest, and the band member had been stabbed in the neck.

KRIS reported that two other parishioners attempted to intervene and were injured. Those parishioners are reportedly in stable condition.

Witnesses said that they have no idea what prompted the attack. At this time, no motives have been reported.

KRIS reported that "a dozen or so" people may have been on the scene and added that officials took a male suspect into custody.

The suspect, Marco Antonio Moreno, 28, was arrested on charges of suspicion of murder and three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the Caller-Times reported.

Moreno's total bail was set at $1.4 million.

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