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Wal-Mart employee killed by stampeding crowd on Black Friday

A Wal-Mart worker died in a human stampede in a New York City suburb on Friday.

The employee was trampled by a crowd of Black Friday shoppers forcing their way into Wal-Mart at the 5 a.m. opening of the store.

The Los Angeles Times reported that though additional security had been requested and provided for the day after Thanksgiving, the man died after customers “‘physically broke down the doors, knocking him to the ground,’ according to a statement from Nassau County officials.?

According to the Los Angeles Times, “the surge at the Valley Stream store on Long Island also left three shoppers with minor injuries, and a pregnant 28-year-old woman was taken to a hospital.?

The New York Times had an article on the incident that provided more extensive coverage including details about the worker. According to the NY Times, his name was Jdimytai Damour, a 34-year-old temporary employee hired by Wal-Mart for the holiday rush.

The New York Times also went into more detail about the consequences of the incident. Interviews with local police officials revealed that “even with videos from the store’s surveillance cameras and the accounts of witnesses, Lieutenant Fleming and other officials acknowledged that it would be difficult to identify those responsible, let alone to prove culpability.?