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Walmart Employee Stabbed to Death in Store

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Timothy Carter, a 28-year-old man from Illinois, has been indicted for first-degree murder after the fatal stabbing of a Black Walmart employee in Rockford, Illinois.

The victim, 18-year-old Jason Jenkins, was stabbed to death on the evening of March 24, 2024, at a Walmart store located at 3849 Northridge Drive in Rockford. Witnesses reported that Carter, a white individual, uttered a racial slur during the attack, indicating possible racial motivations behind the crime.

According to surveillance footage from the Walmart store, Carter was seen procuring two knives—a silver kitchen knife and a red hunting knife—from the shelves and wandering around the store. He reportedly gave Black shoppers “unfriendly looks” before he approached Jenkins from behind and stabbed him once in the lower back.

Following the stabbing, Jenkins cried out, a distressing moment captured by a witness and provided to the authorities. Another witness reported hearing the racial slur uttered by Carter after the attack. Jenkins was rushed to Javon Bea Mercyhealth Riverside Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Carter’s actions prior to the crime have brought his mental health issues into focus. He informed the police that he had visited a local mental health and addiction treatment center earlier that day, expressing suicidal thoughts. The center sent him to a hospital, however, he was discharged from there without receiving the necessary mental health treatment before he went to the Walmart store.

Richard Rundall, a co-founder of Eliminate Racism 815, a Rockford-based organization dedicated to identifying and eradicating racism through education and advocacy, is seeking justice for Jenkins’s family. After a thorough examination of the court documents, he expressed his belief that the murder was racially motivated.

Jenkins’s death has significantly impacted the local community, especially Auburn High School in Rockford where he was a student. In a public statement, Walmart expressed its deep regret over the incident and offered condolences to Jenkins’s family, stating, “We’re devastated to learn that one of our associates has died following a violent attack inside our Rockford, IL store.”

Recent months have seen an uptick in violent incidents at various Walmart locations. In January, a person was stabbed near the deli and produce area in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Walmart just before the store’s closing time.

The following month, a 59-year-old man was shot dead in a Walmart parking lot in California while trying to apologize for a minor car accident. Earlier in March, a deadly shooting took place at a Walmart in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Just a week before the recent incident, a former Walmart employee was arrested after shooting and injuring a person at a Walmart near Memphis, Tennessee.

Responding to these incidents, Walmart stated, “The safety of our associates and customers is our top priority. We will work closely with local law enforcement throughout their investigation and refer any additional questions to them.”

On Wednesday, March 27, a judge ordered that Carter will continue to be detained at Winnebago County Jail until his next hearing, scheduled for April 9.

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