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Published November 12, 2012, 12:10 PM

Scuffle leads to knife attack at Moorhead church parking lot

MOORHEAD – A scuffle in a church parking early Sunday morning led to a knife attack, police say.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM, Forum Staff Reports, inforum.com

MOORHEAD – A scuffle in a church parking early Sunday morning led to a knife attack, police say.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, police responded to reports of a fight at First Congregational Church at 406 8th St. S. The church had been rented for a private baby shower, and a group of uninvited males were denied entry by the hosts shortly before the party ended.

As the party wrapped up, the men who weren’t let in got into a verbal confrontation in the parking lot with some of the partygoers. Both groups had been drinking.

The confrontation escalated, and Christopher Gray, 24, of Fargo, allegedly stabbed Stanford Kori Avorklya, 27, of Spring Lake Park, Minn., in the back with a knife.

Avorklya was taken to Essentia Health, and is currently in stable condition. Gray was arrested and taken to the Clay County jail. He’s expected to face felony assault charges.

Birthmont Nenis Pajibo, 27, of West Fargo, was also arrested, pending lesser assault charges.

The investigation is ongoing, and the knife believed to have been used was recovered at the scene.

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