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Lungs From Church Shooting Victim Transplanted

CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) - Lungs from a good Samaritan killed in a New
Jersey church shooting are breathing new life, thanks to a transplant.

John Muscarella was discharged from Newark's Beth Israel Hospital Wednesday after receiving a double lung transplant last week. The 21-year-old Muscarella received the organs from Dennis Malloosseril, one of the shooting victims at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church in Clifton.

Witnesses say the 25-year-old Malloosseril was shot in the head when he interceded in a dispute between 24-year-old Reshma James
and her estranged husband, Joseph Palliparuth. James was also killed and her 47-year-old cousin remains hospitalized.

Palliparuth was extradited to New Jersey last night from Georgia, where he was arrested on charges of homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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