The grocery store cashier who was shot and died during a mask disagreement on June 14 has been identified as Laquitta Willis. A Big Bear store in Decatur, Georgia was the scene of the incident.
Victor Lee TuckerJr. is charged with murder and aggravated assault. Tucker had previously pled guilty to offenses involving violence, cruelty to children, and illegally carrying a concealed firearm in the past, according to online court records. According to a GoFundMe campaign started by Willis’s sister, she had worked at Big Bear for approximately a decade before she was killed.
Family of beloved cashier Laquitta Willis, talks exclusively with @cbs46 at 11p. Willis was killed by a customer who refused to wear his mask inside a DeKalb County supermarket. “She was just trying to keep safe and follow the policy. Then this happened.” pic.twitter.com/K5SM8nWJQ5
A mask prohibition is still in effect in Decatur, Georgia. The ordinance is set to expire on June 21, according to the city website.
In public venues such as grocery stores, restaurants, gyms, office buildings, and other retail outlets, people are forced to wear masks.
Tucker got into a disagreement with a Big Bear clerk, now identified as Willis, regarding masks in the checkout line, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Tucker allegedly left the business briefly without purchasing his things, according to investigators. He returned shortly later with a revolver and shot Willis, according to witnesses.
Metro Atlanta supermarket cashier fatally shot by a customer after she asked him to pull up his face mask has been identified as Laquitta Willis. The 41 year old worked at Big Bear supermarket in Decatur for years. A memorial in her honor continues to grow outside the store. pic.twitter.com/9pVNDNYDBe
WXIA-TV received new information from the store owner. The owner, without naming Tucker, stated that the gunman wore a mask. However, he didn’t appear to be wearing it properly. Willis, according to the owner, urged the man to pull the mask up over his face.
Outside the Big Bear grocery shop, a memorial for Willis was erected. According to a video released by WXIA-TV, well-wishers and mourners brought flowers, candles, balloons, and letters in her memory.
Alexis Breland, Willis’ sister, started a GoFundMe account to aid with funeral expenses. Willis was also survived by her mother, a niece, and “a host of beloved family and friends,” according to Breland. Hundreds of people had contributed more than $12,500 as of this writing.
Willis had always been a second mother-figure to Breland, she told WGCL-TV. Willis, she said, helped her get through college.
Breland said, “Just loving, funny, she was quiet at times but once you got to know her, just an amazing person,”
Willis, according to Breland, is the type of person who goes out of her way to defend others. Willis was doing that, according to Breland, when she requested him to remove his mask.
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