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Anonymous veteran gives real Purple Heart award to Waukesha stabbing victim

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - A 12-year-old stabbing victim in Waukesha continues to get purple hearts on paper from well-wishers around the world.

Tuesday morning, her family said an anonymous military veteran sent his real Purple Heart award to the girl. He said it was the only heart he could find, and he told her to "Be strong!"

The military Purple Heart is given to those wounded or killed in action.

The girl was stabbed 19 times in May, allegedly by a pair of 12-year-old classmates who are charged as adults. The defendants told police they were showing allegiance to the fictional online horror character Slender Man. 

The victim is recovering at home. Her family has encouraged folks to send paper hearts with her favorite color purple.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)