ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The sky over Abilene’s Cinco De Mayo Parade was bright and sunny as it departed from the Saint Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church parking lot. But the actions of a man in that lot, just days prior, cast a dark shadow over the Cinco De Mayo festivities.
“We think he was under the influence of drugs. He started stabbing some people who was changing their tire or looking at the car,” Father Emilio Sosa, Pastor over St. Vincents, told KTAB/KRBC.
The suspect, now believed to be 19-year-old Miguel Carrillo, was arrested at the scene last Saturday, after five party-goers were injured at knife-point in a seemingly random attack. Some of the victims were only injured after intervening, in attempts of stopping the attacker.
“We never imagined that that magnitude of that little moment could change the whole festival for us,” Father Sosa said.
The second day of celebration was lightly attended due to the attack, but Father Sosa looked at Thursday’s Cinco De Mayo parade as a bright way to bring the community together in support.
“United communities help each other and those events help communities to grow,” the pastor said.
Of the five injured, three were hospitalized and one sustained ‘serious’ injures. All have been cleared and released.
“We pray not only for all those who are injured, but also for the one who commit this assault because sometimes they need help too,” Father Sosa said. “If you help these people you help the community.”
Thankful for fast recoveries of the victims involved, the community was able to enjoy the Cinco De Mayo parade.
One attendee of the parade, Brand Whisenhunt, said last weekend’s event was unfortunate, but exemplified how the Abilene community could rally.
“Anywhere, any time, any place that could happen- it was just the situation. [It] got handled correctly in a timely and safe manner,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s not gonna keep us from going out and letting the kids enjoy a fun time.”