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'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from well wisher

(Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday.

The Purple Heart was recently sent to the 12-year-old girl in an unsigned card that read, "The Only Heart I Could Find – Be Strong," the family said in a statement.

'Slender Man' Stabbing Victim Sent Purple Heart Medal

"The family has been so touched and moved by this act of kindness that they would like to personally thank the individual, publicly or privately, for the gift and for their sacrifice for our country."

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. military who are wounded in battle or posthumously if they are killed in action or die after being wounded in action.

"It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart," Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos said in a statement.

The girl, who has not been identified, was lured into a park and stabbed 19 times in late May in Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee, by two classmates after a sleepover the night before, according to authorities.

The victim spent six days in the hospital after the attack and is now recovering at home, the family recently said.

Her alleged attackers, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, face up to 60 years in prison if convicted as adults of attempted homicide. They could be incarcerated to age 25 if they are convicted as juveniles under state law.

Weier and Geyser told investigators they stabbed the girl to impress Slenderman, a tall, fictional bogeyman popular on the Internet that they insisted was real, according to a criminal complaint.

Two doctors concluded that Geyser was incompetent to stand trial and a judge ordered a competency hearing on Aug. 1 at the request of prosecutors.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Eric M. Johnson and Ron Popeski)

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Marcy July 22 2014 at 11:29 AM

God Bless the person who sent the Purple Heart, the message with it made me cry.

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MERLIN July 22 2014 at 11:01 AM

those girls should never see daylight again

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sfalk0001 MERLIN July 22 2014 at 4:36 PM

if the one girl is not competent i strongly recommend mental institution FOR LIFE

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bootz6 MERLIN July 22 2014 at 5:43 PM

They were quite competent enough to plan this and knew what they were doing. Like you said, they should never see daylight. They SHOULD be charged as adults and pay the price. pure evil..

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rcpaf83 July 22 2014 at 10:55 AM

"The girl has not been identified", YET someone mailed her a Purple Heart !!??? The well wisher must be somebody close to have the name and address of the girl since that information has not been given to the public....

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Iselin007 July 22 2014 at 10:44 AM

What a shame these 2 little monsters were able perpetrate their sick scheme on this helpless classmate.

I hope parents learn from this act of evil and make sure their own children are not getting involved in such horrible games.

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exitscreaming July 22 2014 at 2:33 PM

the comment " It was the only heart I could find..." makes absolutely no sense

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meepstein July 22 2014 at 2:22 PM

To those of you who are wondering how he/she knew where to send the Purple Heart, maybe it was sent to the hospital.

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boardsrbetter meepstein July 22 2014 at 4:37 PM

It says in the article the girl is recovering at home. The letter was ADRESSED to the house.

Again, I hope it was a random sweet gesture, but logic dictates otherwise.

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darkcloudstonite July 22 2014 at 2:49 PM

Stolen Valor Act of 2005 " --illegal for any unauthorized person to wear a medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces."

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PowellTreeCare darkcloudstonite July 22 2014 at 3:59 PM

Go away.

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clpblank darkcloudstonite July 22 2014 at 4:46 PM

This isn't a case of stolen valor though, this is a VET showing respect and love to someone that great personal harm came to and is now recovering which in its self can be combat because of idiots like you. Stolen Valor reflects using our medals and awards for personal gain more than a show of symbolism from this person to that young girl.

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skymett8 July 22 2014 at 10:25 AM

Vincent you desperately needs some help. Your posts is always negative. I wonder if by chance you had a terrible child hood. Seek therapy!

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Kate July 22 2014 at 2:46 PM

What a lovely gift. Someone parted with something very special, and I'm sure the little girl knows it. I imagine she WILL take heart from that, pun unintentional.

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doug July 22 2014 at 7:00 PM

WOW. Thank You Sender, for everything.

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