One Dead, Pastor Among Injured in Texas Church Service Stabbing

A church service held in a Texas home turned deadly when one of the members allegedly went on a stabbing rampage. By the time congregants had subdued Marco Antonio Moreno, at least one person was dead and three others were hurt, including the pastor.

Following a Texas church service stabbing on February 7, 2018, church member Frank Castillo, 61, died of his injuries. The unidentified pastor sustained multiple stab wounds to the chest and is in serious condition in hospital. Two parishioners were injured.

The other two stabbing victims are expected to survive. They are believed to have pulled the alleged perpetrator, Marco Antonio Moreno, 28, away from the pastor.

Moreno is being detained at the Nueces County jail on murder and aggravated assault charges. His bail was set at $1.45 million.

Motive Sought for Texas Church Service Stabbing

Lieutenant Jay Clement of the Corpus Christi Police Department said a motive for the stabbing is not yet known, but mental illness may be a factor. Moreno was reportedly seen mumbling to himself in a police car.

Lieutenant Chris Hooper said Moreno has an “alcohol- and drug-related history” with police.

Church members had been gathering at the home, which is owned by Kingdom Acts Ministries International, every night as part of a “40-day pledge.” Witnesses told police that Moreno had unexpectedly lunged at the pastor after a song had been performed.

“One of the parishioners just out of nowhere attacked the pastor and another member in the band,” said Clement. The two other church members who intervened were stabbed in the hand and the arm, respectively.

“I never thought this would happen,” congregant Elena Flores said. “I never thought I would be a witness to this or my husband. We arrived late so I was thinking that could have been my husband because it seems like he was going after the guys, the men.”