(This is what materialism has brought America to . . . we are now so lost in our worship of the almighty dollar and materialism that we don't even stop shopping when a human being has been murdered in the store while we are shopping, and the store does not even attempt to clear out shoppers and close down while blood is all over the floor and walls and the police are there securing the crime scene over a dead body. Damn.)
Coroner Identifies Woman Stabbed To Death At Walmart
Deputies Have Man In Custody
POSTED: 2:16 pm EST December 10, 2011
UPDATED: 10:36 pm EST December 10, 2011
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.
When deputies arrived, they say they found a woman with injuries.
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.
Witnesses told deputies there was a verbal altercation between Blandin and a man.
They said the altercation turned physical and the man attacked Blandin. Deputies told News 4 the man left the scene.
According to deputies, they have a person in custody but no one has been charged.
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.
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