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GREENVILLE, SC — Holiday shoppers in a South Carolina Walmart were treated to the sight of a man stabbing his screaming wife to death inside the store.

Police say last weekend, 47-year-old Avery Blandin got into a verbal altercation with his wife, 38-year-old Lilia Blandin who worked at the Woodforest bank located inside the Walmart.

The fight soon turned physical, and in front of a herd of Walmart shoppers, Avery pulled out a knife and began stabbing Lilia. One shopper told reporters he witnessed Avery stabbing his wife before stomping on her neck and chest area when she fell to the ground.

Witnesses followed Avery as he fled the store and tried to stop him by tripping him, pushing him and hitting him with a chair. They stopped pursuing him after he pulled out a second knife.

“When he pulled the blade, the second knife, I just, that’s when I let him go because I already seen what he did with the first one, so I wasn’t going to get involved with the next one,” said a very smart Phillip Tallent.

Avery was apprehended by police a short time later after crashing his car. Lilia was rushed to the hospital, but they were unable to save her.

Lilia Blandin

Not surprisingly, Avery has a history of smacking his wife around. In October he was charged with criminal domestic violence after Lilia told police that he had punched her in the mouth and stomach after accusing her of cheating. Lilia told them she hadn’t reported the numerous other times Avery had treated her like a punching bag because she feared for her and her children’s safety.

This Walmart came under a little fire because of the manager’s decision to stay open and not letting the bloody murder of a woman in front of the checkout lanes put a damper on their Christmas shopping season. A Walmart spokesperson told reporters that everyone should calm down. It’s not like shoppers were tracking Lilia’s blood throughout the store.

“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,” the spokesperson said before reminding everyone you can buy a 3 qt container of Clorox Bleach for the low, low price of $1.98.

Brittany King, a Walmart shopper who arrived shortly after the stabbing, was appalled that the store was still open after the murder.

“I saw there was blood everywhere, on the ground, on the table, on the wall,” said King. “It’s disrespectful to the family that it happened to. Especially the people and the employees who saw it happen.”

I’m real curious if King, or any of the other shoppers who were shocked the store remained open, walked back out of the store the moment they learned a woman had just been murdered there. I’m guessing not, and I’m guessing that’s exactly why the manager left the store open.

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