Student injured in knife attack will stay at CU |

Student injured in knife attack will stay at CU

The Associated Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) ” A University of Colorado student who was slashed across the throat by a former mental patient has decided to remain at the school after an outpouring of support, his family said Tuesday.

Michael Knorps, a 17-year-old freshman from Winnetka, Ill., was attacked outside the student center on Aug. 27, the first day of classes. He underwent surgery for damaged tissue.

“Michael has been met with concern and care by all at CU, and we are deeply grateful for this response by the campus community,” the family said in a statement released by the university.

The statement called the attack an “inexplicable act of violence.”

Kenton Drew Astin, the man suspected of attacking Knorps, has been transferred to the Colorado State Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

Knorps has recovered from his physical injuries and eventually will recover “emotionally and spiritually” as well, the statement said.

His family said that would be a private process and asked reporters to keep their distance.

“In truth, there is no ‘inside story.’ Michael was the victim of a violent crime that injured him and traumatized his family. There is no greater drama here, no deeper story, no larger meaning,” the statement said.

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