Staunton Stabbing Victim Says He Forgives Suspect, His Friend

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The victim of a brutal stabbing in Staunton is sharing his story. NBC29's Sean Cudahy sat down with Alex Kolland at the University of Virginia Medical Center Friday.

Kolland, 19, was airlifted to UVA Medical Center last weekend after police say he was attacked by his good friend.

Staunton police arrested Sebastian Underwood, 21, after an attack early Saturday morning at a house along Glory Place. He's charged with attempted first-degree murder and the malicious wounding of his friend and co-worker. Kolland says Underwood had taken LSD when the attack occurred.

Kolland had to be treated for a pierced heart, a collapsed lung, and liver damage. He had to have his spleen surgically removed. But now he's forgiving the person he still says is one of his best friends.

"There's no bad blood between us and I would let him know that I've got his back, and I wish I could help him but I really can't. He's looking at some serious time right now,” said Kolland.

Kolland is hoping authorities will drop the attempted first-degree murder charge against Underwood.

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