LAFAYETTE, La. (Daily Advertiser) – UPDATE: The Lafayette Police Department has confirmed that the FBI is now investigating the stabbing of 18-year-old Holden White.

“Information received in reference to the incident is being evaluated daily,” said Lafayette Police Sgt. Wayne Griffin. “The Lafayette Police Department is continuing to develop information in the case and should that information lead to the evidence of a hate crime additional charges can be filed.”

ORIGINAL: A Kaplan man’s family claims a stabbing that left him in critical condition was motivated by hate. 

Holden White was stabbed Saturday night at a residence in the 400 block of Maryview Farm Road, near Louisiana Avenue in north Lafayette. 

Officers were called at 11:45 p.m. Saturday and found White had been stabbed in the neck and wrists, said department spokesman Sgt. Wayne Griffin. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. 

Police arrested 19-year-old Chance Seneca, of Lafayette, in connection with the stabbing. He was at the home when police arrived. He was charged with attempted second-degree murder. 

White’s family members claim on a GoFundMe page on the fundraising website and on their social media pages that the attack was motivated by hate because White is openly gay. 

Griffin said the police department is not investigating the incident as a hate crime. 

“Holden was lured to the residence of another young man. This young man proceeded to physically torture and harm Holden for several hours until authorities arrived on scene,” the family wrote on a GoFundMe page. “The culprit physically harmed Holden in ways that are unspeakable.”

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