As family and friends continue to pray for Rose and Salvatore Cipriano, the mother and son severely injured during remain in critical condition at .
"Their conditions are being closely monitored for any change," the hospital's vice president of community relations Margo Gorchow wrote in an email Thursday. She said a rumor that Salvatore is "brain dead" is "simply untrue".
Salvatore's twin brother Tanner and their 8-year-old sister, Isabella, escaped injury, but their father, , was killed during the attack.
The Ciprianos' 19-year-old son, Tucker, and his friend Mitchell Young, 20, on felony charges in connection with the attack.
Late Tuesday, the and said all future updates on the condition of their loved ones will come through the hospital.
Friends of the family gathered at Monday night for a prayer service, and across the state in Bay City, friends of Rose (Trahan) Cipriano also asked their community to pray for the family. The Bay City Times reported this week that she grew up in the area and, as a champion swimmer, has been inducted into the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame and the Central Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Local swimmer said Rose competed in the Michigan Masters State Championship Swim Meet, held in Lake Orion March 23-25, taking second and two fourth place honors in individual events and competing with two relay teams.
At Detroit Catholic Central (CC) High School in Novi, friends of Salvatore and Tanner created an 8-foot banner expressing their support, The Oakland Press reported Wednesday. The 17-year-olds are juniors at CC.
Dearborn Schools, where Bob Cipriano was business services director, saying school officials had not yet made definitive plans regarding a memorial to honor their colleague, Dearborn Patch reports.
Pre-exam conferences for Tucker Cipriano and Mitchell Young are scheduled today; preliminary examinations are set April 25.