A woman slain at the Walmart store in Berea at around 1 p.m. on December 10 has been identified by Greenville County Coroner Kent Dill as Lilia Blandon, 38.
The bank was closed following her murder, although the Walmart store remained open. Greenville Master Deputy Jennings Autrey reported in a statement an argument began around 1 p.m. Saturday and escalated into violence. Lilia Blandon was stabbed multiple times and was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital where she died around 2 p.m.
Walmart spokesperson Diana Gee made a statement saying “This was a senseless act of violence, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family during this difficult time. We are working closely with law enforcement to provide them with any information we have such as surveillance video to assist them in their investigation.”
A man who crashed his car near the store was taken into custody as a person of interest. His name has not yet been released. He will probably be charged with the murder sometime on Sunday. Lilia Blandon’s three children, ages 10, 7 and 3, are staying with family members.
Local news station Fox 21 out of Greenville interviewed several neighbors for their broadcast Saturday night. One reported domestic violence was an ongoing thing between Ms. Blandon and the suspect. The police were reported at the residence as recently as Friday as she removed some personal items from the property.