A North Yorkshire woman working at an Aldi grocery store was stabbed to death Thursday afternoon as shoppers looked on, police say.
The woman was named locally as Jodie Willsher, 30, a married mother of one, The Telegraph reports.
Witnesses said a man attacked Willsher at the store while she was working. One woman said it was chaos as people began screaming when the 30-year-old was attacked, then shoppers pinned the man down until police could arrive.
“I just saw the aftermath, I was so scared I ran off. All the staff were racing about not knowing what to do.”
Police and emergency personnel arrived on the scene within minutes, but Willsher died despite their efforts, BBC News reports.
A spokesperson for the North Yorkshire police told the BBC that the suspect was initially charged with attempted murder, but the charges were upped to murder once Willsher died.
Authorities say the attack was not terror-related and is not considered to be a hate crime.
The store will remain closed until further notice as police investigate the murder, but community members have left tributes to the mother in the parking lot, according to the BBC.
Skipton Mayor Andy Rankine said the close-knit community is in shock over the tragedy in a statement obtained by the Telegraph.
“Skipton is a small but close-knit community where most people know each other. We are in shock about the sad events of yesterday where a store worker was murdered whilst going about her duties. The whole town is in shock and grieving over the loss.”
Willsher’s friends described her as a “bubbly, lovely girl.”
[Feature photo: Jodie Willsher/Facebook]