Parishioners, neighbors react to fatal stabbing at church gathering

Prime has been a member of the church for a few years. He wasn't at the prayer service Wednesday night when the fatal attack happened, but he did know everyone who was there -- including the suspect, 28-year-old Marco Antonio Moreno.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - A Corpus Christi church is still reeling after four church members were stabbed Wednesday night during a gathering at their pastor's home in the 1200 block of Cambridge Drive.

"It's a shock," parishioner Don Prime said.

The stabbing happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Kingdom Acts Ministries International Pastor Janson Abraham.

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Prime has been a member of the church for a few years. He wasn't at the prayer service Wednesday night when the fatal attack happened, but he did know everyone who was there -- including the suspect, 28-year-old Marco Antonio Moreno.

According to the Corpus Christi Police Department, there were as many as 20 people inside the home when Moreno began stabbing parishioners. 61-year-old Frank Castillo was taken to an area hospital where he later died from his wounds. A 54-year-old man was also stabbed and as of Thursday evening, was listed in critical condition at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital.

Two other men, said be 35 and 40 years of age, suffered minor injuries during the incident.

Prime said he never knew Moreno to cause any trouble.

Neighbors like Trinidad Centeno said they remember seeing him and the pastor of the church having a heated discussion outside one time.

"I saw him one night and he was here, and they were both having their little chat scuffle," Centeno said. "It wasn't violent or anything, and he came back and everything was smooth."

Another neighbor, Anthony Fonseca, said he was shocked by the attack and sorry that it happened. However, he said he had questions about the church before the attack because of all the people who would show up for services, their cars lining the street.

Now, after the stabbing, Fonseca said he has real concerns for his own family's safety.

"What if he ran outside and over here to my front door?" Fonseca said. "I have my wife and daughter in there, you know?"

"It's one of those things that you can't explain," Prime said. "It caught everyone by surprise and everyone's trying to piece together what happened."

Pastor Janson Abraham said that Moreno never said anything about why he did what he did, during the attack or after he was stopped.

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