38-year-old Lilia Blandin was stabbed to death in a Greenville County, South Carolina Walmart over the weekend. Her own husband, Avery L Blandin, 46, has been charged with her murder.
Blandin was an employee of Woodforest Bank inside the Walmart store, and was working at the time of the incident. According to witnesses, an argument broke out between the two which led to a physical fight, resulting in Avery stabbing Lilia. She was taken to the hospital and later died.
According to WYFF News:
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 a 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."The Walmart store has come under fire in the last couple of days, facing criticism for leaving the store open after the incident, opting instead to only tape-off the crime scene.
Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee told reporters:
“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."
We think Walmart should have closed the entire store...
SOURCE: WYFF News