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Baby shower scuffle leads to knife attack at Moorhead church parking lot

Birthmont Nenis Pajibo

MOORHEAD - A scuffle in a church parking lot at a baby shower early Sunday morning led to a knife attack here, Moorhead police said Monday.

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, Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said in a news release.

As the party wrapped up, police say the men who weren't let in got into a verbal confrontation in the parking lot with some of the partygoers. Authorities believe 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 and is currently in stable condition. Gray was arrested and taken to the Clay County jail. He's expected to face felony assault charges.

Gray declined to speak with The Forum when contacted at the jail Monday afternoon.

Birthmont Nenis Pajibo, 27, of West Fargo, was also arrested, pending lesser fifth-degree assault charges.

The knife believed to have been used in the assault was found at the scene, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing.