12–year–old WI victim in attempted 'Slenderman' killing receives outpour from around the world

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Hearts for Healing Fundraiser Page

"This photo is a BIG “Thank You” from her. She wanted to say, “Thank you to the many caring people whom she has never even met but have been so kind,"" the family said on the fundraising page.

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM CDT

Waukesha, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The 12–year–old Wisconsin girl who was stabbed 19 times in what is being dubbed as the attempted 'Slenderman' killing is receiving an outpour of support from around the world.

In the past 20 days, over 1,000 people have donated over $50,000 to the family for medical bills. The family hopes to raise a total of $250,000 to help with all of the growing medical costs.

Tuesday the family posted the following statement on their fundraiser website:

"Our family would like to thank everyone who has supported our daughter on her miraculous road to recovery. Our little girl has received thousands of purple hearts from numerous countries and from most continents. We simply cannot put into words how grateful we are for the prayers, packages and heartfelt messages. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support.

Together as a family, we continue to adjust to our 'new normal.' She has a courageous heart and bravely deals with both the physical and emotional challenges since the attack. Though many days consist of medical appointments and rehabilitation, recently she and her father enjoyed a 'daddy – daughter night at the movies' and thoroughly enjoyed a Disney film. It also included, (after much persistence) a stop for a much–deserved treat at the snack area."

If you would like to see the Facebook page dedicated to the young girl please click here; the family has posted photos showing all of the support they have been receiving. Click here if you would like to visit their fundraising page.

According to police, one of the 12–year–old suspects carried a knife in her waistband; they pretended to play hide and seek with the victim and then tackled her, followed by brutally stabbing her.

In the criminal complaint, the girls described wanting to kill their friend to prove themselves to Slenderman – a fictional character – hoping to join him at his hideout in northern Wisconsin.

The two middle schoolers are accused of holding the girl down and stabbing her 19 times and leaving her for dead.

The victim survived the attack by crawling out of the woods, where a passerby spotted her. She has since been released from the hospital. Doctors say the stabbings missed an artery by just one millimeter.

Both girls are charged as adults with first–degree attempted homicide; facing up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

Ramona Marozas