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Church holds fundraiser for stabbing victims

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Earlier this week, three women were stabbed in a domestic dispute in Albany. Our Brooke Selby has more on how the community is stepping up to help out the family of the victims.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Before this week, church volunteer Chantelle Vivanz had never heard of Tonette Thomas, her sister, Shaquisa Thomas, or their aunt, Gwynn Carter. That suddenly changed when the three women were tragically stabbed in a domestic dispute on Myrtle Ave. Monday.

Volunteer Chantelle Vivanz said, "I never met the girl who died, but she is just a couple of years older than me and it's a tragedy and everyone that talks about her says she has a really big heart and it meant a lot of me to come here and honor her in that way."

Thomas died from her injuries, while her sister and aunt remain hospitalized at Albany Medical Center. The tragic crime has since prompted a community reaction.

Volunteer Cathy Mayville said, "In Albany, I've always seen the community come together. Some places I've seen it but Albany everybody comes together."

Coming together is just what volunteers at Reigning Life Family Church in downtown Albany are doing to try to offer their support for the family.

Mayville said, "We are trying to help the family raise money for the funeral and the other two victims who were in pretty bad shape."

So volunteers spent Saturday cooking a fundraiser dinner all day long at the church on Rensselaer Street. They are selling the hot meals for a $10 donation. All the money raised will go directly to the family

Albany resident Corey Ellis said, "The community needs this. It helps the family. It helps the community begin that healing process. When the community can come together and help families in need."

Volunteers here helping to prepare the food at the church say they are going to keep cooking until it's gone because a community that cooks together stays together. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP