Skip to main content

A third victim of the Apple River mass stabbing in Wisconsin has been identified. 

AJ Martin, identified by his uncle in a GoFundMe campaign, was with friends on the popular tubing river in western Wisconsin when 52-year-old Nicolae Miu allegedly stabbed him in the abdomen amid a violent reaction during a confrontation with a group of tubers. 

Four others were stabbed by Miu, including Isaac Schuman, a 17-year-old from Stillwater who died from his injuries. 

Martin, from Elk River (his Facebook page says he lives in Zimmerman), suffered serious injuries and was in critical condition when he was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he underwent surgery before being moved to an intensive-care unit. His uncle says he's undergone a second surgery and is scheduled for another operation later this week. 

The fundraiser has generated more than $8,000. The money will be used to pay for the life flight, hospital bills, future medical care and therapy, and to help cover lost wages. 

"Anything helps thank you all for the prayers. Hope to keep you guys all updated whenever I can," Martin wrote in a Facebook post. 

Miu has been charged with first-degree intentional murder and four counts of first-degree intentional attempted murder for the July 30 attack on the river that runs through Somerset in St. Croix County. 

Twenty-four-year-old Rhyley Mattison, of Burnsville, was stabbed in the abdomen and was also taken to Regions Hospital. A GoFundMe for Mattison has raised more than $10,000. 

Men ages 20 and 22, both unidentified and from Luck, Wisconsin, were also injured. 

A GoFundMe for Schuman's family is nearing $50,000. 

Next Up

Omar Samuels

Rep. Ilhan Omar defeats Don Samuels in contentious primary

Unofficial results for one of Minnesota's most-watched primary races are in.

Ambulance Hennepin Healthcare

Boy, 14, critical after accidental shooting at Minneapolis apartment

Police say the shooting happened during a gathering at an apartment.

Screen Shot 2022-08-09 at 3.25.49 PM

Charges: Man caused Burnsville building fire because girlfriend was late

The alleged arson fire displaced around 50 residents.

Famous dave granite city

Famous Dave's, Granite City owner sold for $200 million

The owner of Famous Dave's, BBQ Holdings, is based in Minnetonka.

Alanna McLean

Appeal to find missing northern Minnesota woman

Alanna McLean was last seen this past weekend.

image

Minnesota reaches 55 confirmed cases of monkeypox

Nearly 9,000 cases have been confirmed nationwide.

derek chauvin

$1.45M payout for correctional officers prevented from guarding Derek Chauvin

The officers were reportedly ordered to avoid Derek Chauvin while he was in jail.

DSD_6142

Palm Springs residents: Divert the Mississippi to solve our drought problems

Should the southwest have some of the Mississippi River?

Image from iOS (10)

Minneapolis tries to spruce up street barriers with motivational messages

Police said the barriers will be in place through the beginning of the fall.

BearTracks3

MnDOT debuts driverless shuttle in White Bear Lake

This is one of several self-driving pilot programs MnDOT is working on.

Related

Screen Shot 2022-08-01 at 10.35.20 AM

Victim of mass stabbing on Apple River explains what happened

The 24-year-old remains hospitalized in St. Paul.

Screen Shot 2022-08-05 at 2.35.39 PM

Kyle Rittenhouse attorney to defend accused Apple River killer Nicolae Miu

The attorney who helped Kyle Rittenhouse be acquitted of all charges is defending the alleged Apple River mass stabber.

Nicolae Miu

Charges reveal new details of Nicolae Miu's alleged stabbing spree

Miu has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and four counts of first-degree intentional attempted homicide.

Screen Shot 2022-08-04 at 11.08.28 AM

Fundraiser created for family of teen killed in Apple River stabbing

Over $42,000 has been raised for Isaac Schuman's family.

LeKenneth Miller

Identities of officers, victim released in fatal Eau Claire police shooting

Police say the intruder stabbed a woman before he was fatally shot by an officer.

Keith Harvell

Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man

Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.