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    Default Clean up in aisle 3...Shopping continues after a woman is murdered in Walmart

    they didn't even close the store temporarily!

    GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -- After a woman was stabbed to death in a Walmart over the weekend, the store has experienced criticism from some for staying open following the fatal attack. Deputies said they were called to the Walmart on White Horse Road in Berea at 1:21 p.m. about a physical altercation at the store.

    Witnesses told deputies a man and a woman got into a fight and that the man stabbed the woman and fled. The woman, now identified as 38-year-old Lilia Blandin, was found with injuries and taken to the hospital where she died, according to the coroner.The coroner said Blandin was an employee of Woodforest Bank inside the Walmart store, and was working at the time of the incident.

    On Sunday, Master Deputy Jennings Autrey said the victim's husband, Avery Blandin, was under guard at Greenville Memorial Hospital and was charged with murder. Autrey said Blandin drove away from the scene but wrecked his car at the corner of Agnew Road and Marion Road before being arrested Saturday afternoon.
    The couple had a history of violence, according to police records. On Oct. 30, Avery Blandin was charged with criminal domestic violence. According to the warrant, Lilia Blandin told deputies that her husband punched her in the mouth and stomach after accusing her of cheating. Deputies said she had a swollen upper lip. The warrant says Lilia Blandin told deputies that she had not reported numerous other times that her husband had hit her because she feared for her safety and the safety of her children.
    The Blandin family released this statement: "Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are for what took place at Wood Forest Banking inside Walmart. We apologize to its employees, customers, and all the people in our community affected by such a tragic moment. As a family we are left asking “why”, but know the answer may never be known. During this difficult time, we thank the community for their kind words and support. The families, of our much-loved Lilia and Avery, would like to ask for privacy as we deal the events of last weekend. Once again, we apologize with great sincerity."

    Several customers were appalled that Walmart stayed open for business through the stabbing and the aftermath. "I saw there was blood everywhere, on the ground, on the table, on the wall," said Brittany King, a shopper who arrived shortly after the stabbing. "It's disrespectful to the family that it happened to. Especially the people and the employees who saw it happen."
    "From what I can see, they never really gave (the employees) that opportunity to recuperate," said Bob Quarles, who said he walked into the store just as the attack happened.
    Master Deputy Jennings Autrey said the decision to stay open was up to the management at the store.
    "The shoppers are not affecting the crime scene," Autrey said. "I just want to be clear on that, that it has been roped off and deputies are there protecting the integrity of the crime scene."

    Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee told News 4," We did, as requested, close our grocery checkout area to allow the police to do their work and provide some level of privacy, given the circumstances.""This was a senseless act of violence, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family during this difficult time," Gee said.
    Gee said Walmart was assisting investigators with the investigation and that it turned over surveillance video from the store.

    Read more: http://www.wyff4.com/news/29968862/d...#ixzz1gYt3YVC3

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    She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

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    Wow, that's, uh, strange to say the least. How incredibly disrespectful to the poor victim. "You can't reach the Le Sueur peas? Here, use this corpse as a step ladder". What in the hell were these people thinking?
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    I don't know -she didn't die in the store, so at that point it was just a violent crime - not much different than if she'd been punched or otherwise assaulted.

    That game in Texas continued when the guy fell out of the stands and eventually died. There have been races that have continued when a driver died. Of course, those were accidents and not assaults. We just had a hotel here where a guy was shot in his room - doubt they closed the hotel.

    Gotta be a tough call - I think if I were in charge, I'd want to close, but I don't know if I can entirely fault them for not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post

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    Several customers were appalled that Walmart stayed open for business through the stabbing and the aftermath. "I saw there was blood everywhere, on the ground, on the table, on the wall," said Brittany King, a shopper who arrived shortly after the stabbing. "It's disrespectful to the family that it happened to. Especially the people and the employees who saw it happen."
    "From what I can see, they never really gave (the employees) that opportunity to recuperate," said Bob Quarles, who said he walked into the store just as the attack happened.
    yeah, I think this is a lot different than if someone had been just punched

    and this was someone the workers knew....hard to just go back to running a register when someone you worked beside was obviously just stabbed in front of you

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    ah, you're probably right...

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    Same thing happened at our local W-M last October. Jilted BF follows former love interest to back of store, waits for her to come back out on the sales floor & stabs her 3-4 times. While I'm sure the area was cordoned off & protected, our store didn't shut down either. Differences being, the lady did require medical attention but didn't die, it took place near the back of the store so not a lot of witnesses and there wasn't near the amount of crime scene evidence to protect & then clean-up. The guy was collared by employees & held for arrest.

    Sounds like this recent one was a lot more violent and they probably should have shut down.



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    Good grief.

    Nothing I read these days really surprises me...and that is just sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    Good grief.

    Nothing I read these days really surprises me...and that is just sad.
    Nope. It is sad. In the past two days, we've had one attempted gang hit with up to 15 shots fired at a victim as he ran through the restaurant in a crowded Tim hortons (Our version of a Dunki'n Donuts), and last night at 3:00pm a 30 yr. old woman was killed being shot through the head multiple times in another suspected gang hit in her car in front of her 3 yr. old toddler in a very quiet residential neighborhood, and you'd think either of these two would be the lead story, but these days.....naaaah. Today's lead story on the morning news was yesterday during rush hour, an outdoor hottub fire on a 20th. story downtown penthouse balcony with no real threat to anyone, except that they closed the street down for an hour "inconveniencing holiday shoppers and commuters". Both killings were at least 3 stories in.
    Guess death just doesn't have the wow factor it once did with folks.
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