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National 11/30/08

A Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by a crowd of over 2,000 in New York on Friday, according to the New York Times and CNN.

Jdimytai Damour, 34 was a temporary maintenance worker at Wal-Mart hired for the holiday season.

Over 2,000 people lined up outside the store waiting for the 5 a.m. opening. At about 4:55 a.m. the crowd grew restless, pressing against the sliding glass doors. The doors eventually shattered, along the crowd through. Damour was trying to hold the doors shut when they shattered, and was trampled by the crowd.

The CNN article also discussed the shooting of two people in the Toys “R? Us store in California. While the article didn’t link the two, it talked a great deal about the shooting.

The New York Times article focused exclusively on the Wal-Mart accident.