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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

MOORHEAD – A scuffle in a church parking early Sunday morning led to a knife attack, police say.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, police responded to reports of a fight at First Congregational Church at 406 8th St. S. The church had been rented for a private baby shower, and a group of uninvited males were denied entry by the hosts shortly before the party ended.

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As the party wrapped up, the men who weren’t let in got into a verbal confrontation in the parking lot with some of the partygoers. Both groups had been drinking.

The confrontation escalated, and Christopher Gray, 24, of Fargo, allegedly stabbed Stanford Kori Avorklya, 27, of Spring Lake Park, Minn., in the back with a knife.

Avorklya was taken to Essentia Health, where he was in stable condition. Gray was arrested and taken to the Clay County jail. He’s expected to face felony assault charges.

Birthmont Nenis Pajibo, 27, of West Fargo, N.D., also was arrested, pending lesser assault charges.

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