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Community supports stabbing victim

WAUKESHA, Wisconsin (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - People in one Wisconsin community and around the world are showing their support for a 12-year-old stabbing victim.

The girl is back home recovering after police say she was stabbed 19 times by two friends.

The family designated Tuesday as "go purple" day, her favorite color.

Students and staff at the young girl's middle school in Waukesha proudly wore purple to show their classmate -they're thinking of her.

The support was also evident on the Facebook page "Hearts for Healing," which now has more than 2,000 followers.

"There are people she doesn't even know from across the world. We have messages coming in from Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Abu Dhabi, just telling her how strong she is and how inspiring she was that she was able to find that strength within her to crawl out of the woods and to get somewhere where she could get help," said family spokesperson Dana Hoffmann.

So far the "Hearts for Healing" campaign has raised more than $40,000 for the girl and her family.

Two 12-year-olds are being charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the attack.

They're being held on half-a-million-dollars bail each.