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'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from anonymous well-wisher

Published on Jul 22, 2014 6:12 PM

MILWAUKEE (REUTERS) – A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favour with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday.

The Purple Heart was recently sent to the 12-year-old girl in an unsigned card that read, "The Only Heart I Could Find - Be Strong," the family said in a statement.

"The family has been so touched and moved by this act of kindness that they would like to personally thank the individual, publicly or privately, for the gift and for their sacrifice for our country."

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States military who are wounded in battle or posthumously if they are killed in action or die after being wounded in action.

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