As she continues the process of recuperation following a severe stabbing incident, the victim of the so-called “Slenderman stabbing” has received an unexpected gift, her family said on Tuesday.
The 12-year-old Wisconsin girl, whose identity has not been revealed, reportedly goes through hundreds and sometimes thousands of pieces of mail from well-wishers all over the world with her brother every day, many of which are in the shape of a heart on purple paper. Nestled into one “feel better soon” card was a real Purple Heart, the medal awarded to members of the U.S. military who are wounded in battle.
A note written in the card simply says, “The only heart I could find! Be strong!” The veteran’s gift was completely anonymous.
“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,” a statement released by the family of the girl reads.
Stephen Lyons, a spokesman for the survivor, also said the girl’s parents explained the significance of a Purple Heart and “how incredible it is” to have received it as a gift.
The strange case made international headlines back in early June after the girl was stabbed 19 times by two friends in the woods near Waukesha, Wisconsin. Her attackers, both also 12 years old, had allegedly hatched the murder plot in order to win the favor “Slender Man,” a character the girls read about online that began as a meme.
A passing cyclist eventually called 911 after spotting the victim, who had crawled to a road from the woods. The girl’s wounds kept her in the hospital for six days. In an effort to help raise money for her medical bills, the girl’s family set up a gofundme campaign called “Hearts For Healing.” So far, the family has raised $57,000 of their $250,000 goal and thanked supporters in their statement.
On July 8, a judge stayed his earlier ruling that ordered accused attacker Morgan Geyser to undergo a psychiatric examination to assess her mental condition at the time of the stabbing. Previous tests had determined that Geyser is not mentally competent for trial.