'Slender Man' Victim's Family Thankful for Special Day

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The parents of the Wisconsin girl stabbed in the twisted "Slender Man" attack thanked Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday after he dedicated a "Purple Hearts for Healing Day" to honor the 12-year-old survivor whom the family called "our little hero."

"The compassion and love expressed to our family by the people of Wisconsin (and from people around the world) has greatly assisted our family in this healing process," the family said in a statement, adding that the governor's proclamation — in addition to letters and gifts they've received from around the world — "demonstrates that through this tragedy that there is so much goodness in the world."

The girl was stabbed 19 times on May 31, allegedly by two 12-year-old friends who thought they were paying homage to a fictional horror character called "Slender Man." Walker issued a proclamation Tuesday dedicating Aug. 13 to the victim, saying, "her strength and determination are an inspiration," and noting that several family members share that date as a birthday.

The girl's alleged attackers have been charged as adults with first-degree intentional homicide. One of the alleged assailants this month was found mentally incompetent to stand trial and was ordered to undergo treatment to restore her to competency.


— Phil Helsel