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Irwin Rivera’s sister issues statement after alleged stabbing, attempted murder

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The family of Irwin Rivera has released an official statement after the UFC fighter was arrested on attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing his two sisters earlier this week.

Rivera, 31, was reportedly not himself leading up to the attack. His one sister, Lezlye Campos, recognized the odd behavior and decided to fly out to help her brother. Unfortunately, Rivera was too far gone at that point and ended up attacking Lezlye and another sister, Kelly, in the middle of the night.

Rivera, who thought he had killed both siblings, was later arrested and told police that “he did so because it was his purpose, which he was told to by a higher power.”

Luckily, both sisters made it to the hospital in time where they were treated for multiple stab wounds and are expected to make a full recovery.

Despite the unprovoked attack from Rivera, both sisters are staying positive and asking to pray for their brother. Lezlye released the following statement to Facebook earlier today asking for support:

“Me and Kelz are fine n well so we just wanna clear the air n let it be known that this is not about us! We love our brother to the fullest and anyone that knows us n our family knows exactly how much we all LOVE and mean to each other and knows just how close we as a family are, all we wish is for him to get the professional mental help he so desperately needs.

“This past weekend my brother hasn’t been acting like himself . Not sleeping or talking like himself and completely just losing interest in his training, which we all know is what he lives to do. This concerned me and had me jump on the next airplane ASAP n go check up on him. Unfortunately his mental stage was worse then we could of imagined and before we could help him he completely broke. This is not easy for me or my family but I ask to pleeeeesse keep MY BROTHER in your prayers , pray he can stabilize and come back to us bc sometime within the past 24hours his mentality has been completely corrupted into something unrecognizable. Again we LOVE OUR BROTHER and are 100% here to support him n try n get him this help he so desperately needs!”

Stick with Mania for further updates on Rivera’s alleged charges.