Girl in Wisconsin stabbing attack improves; 'Slenderman' creator saddened

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The girl who was stabbed 19 times by two 12-year-old friends in the woods of Wisconsin is improving, according to media reports.

The victim's parents, who have asked for the girl's anonymity, released a statement saying their 12-year-old daughter "is a fighter and is improving each and every day," NBC News reports.

"We appreciate your patience, love and support, as we too are stunned and saddened by this tragedy," the parents added. The girl's condition was upgraded from critical but stable to fair Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

In a post on a fundraising website set up for the victim, her parents wrote: "She has been able to walk the halls of the hospital with her dad. No machine, no tubes, just she and her dad."

More than $15,112 has been donated through the website to help pay the girl's medical expenses as of Thursday afternoon. The goal on the site is to raise $250,000.

The family has also asked supporters to make hearts from paper, fabric or wool "that are purple in color and infused with prayers, love and light. The hearts will blanket the walls of the girl's room to remind her that the power of love is greater than all else."

They've also asked people to send thoughts and prayers using the hashtag #HeartsForHealing on social media.

Two girls were charged with the near-fatal stabbing, accused in what police describe as an "extremely disturbing" act where they lured the victim into a wooded area in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Saturday. Investigators say one of them held her down while the other stabbed her 19 times, one of the wounds was a millimeter away from a major artery in her heart.

The motive: A fictional, Internet-created horror figure known as Slenderman. Slenderman creator Eric Knudsen released a statement saying, in part, "I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act," according to the Associated Press.

Creepypasta, the website where the Wisconsin girls reportedly told police they learned of Slenderman, also issued a statement expressing its condolences to the victim's family.

WITI reports that the Creepypasta community has also set up a fundraising website, which has raised over $3,000 for the victim.

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