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May 17, 2014

Franklin Regional stabbing victim with local ties goes home

NEW CASTLE — Connor Warwick is home.

The 16-year-old sophomore was among the 20 students and a security guard stabbed April 9 at Franklin Regional High School.

Only one student, Greg Keener, 15, remains hospitalized.

Connor is believed to have been one of the first students attacked.

The only child of Robert and Mary Cini Warwick of Murrysville, he also is the grandson of Richard Cini of Wampum.

Mary Cini Wawrick is a former basketball standout at Mohawk High who graduated in 1984.

She is still piecing together the story. “As I understand, the boy who was involved ran down the hall, a knife in both hands, randomly slashing as he went.”

But right now, Warwick’s focus is on her son.

“He came home on Monday after six days in the intensive care unit and 33 days in the hospital,” she said. “His spirits are good. He’s glad to be home.”

Stabbed in the abdomen, Connor sustained injuries to his stomach, liver, gall bladder and pancreas, which was the most critical.

“The pancreas was lacerated. They had to put a stent in it,” she said, adding, “They tell us his injuries were not life-threatening, but he might have bled to death had he not received such immediate attention.

According to accounts, two teachers applied pressure to Connor’s injuries to control bleeding until medical help arrived.

Warwick said her son went home with instructions to eat six small meals a day.

“He was fed intravenously for 30 days,” she noted. “They believe he’ll make a full recovery but don’t want to overstress his pancreas right now.”

Warwick said he’s doing well, but is eager to return to school, something he hopes to do next week.

“We’ll see how it goes.”

Connor and Greg were on the tennis team and Connor had been scheduled to play a match the day of the incident. Warwick said Greg was more seriously injured and lost half of his liver. She said he is expected to remain hospitalized for several more weeks.

Connor, who also played basketball and dek hockey, is a Pittsburgh Penguins fan and was delighted to have been visited at the hospital by players Beau Bennett and Robert Bortuzzo, his mother said. They gave Connor a game stick signed by the team.

The suspect, junior Alex Hribal, remains in Westmoreland County’s juvenile detention center. He was charged as an adult with 21 counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and a single count of carrying a weapon on school property. A preliminary hearing is set for June 4.

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