Coworkers grieve over murder

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Workers at the Salem Walmart continued to grieve the death of a supervisor who was fatally shot Sunday by an ex-boyfriend in the store’s parking lot.

Sylvia Maillis, 37, was fatally shot at about 2:40 a.m. by Charles Kropinak, 36, at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday as Maillis returned from a break. Kropinak then committed suicide.

The shooting closed the store and grief counselors were brought in for coworkers on Monday.

“We are all devastated by this tragedy and will miss Sylvia dearly,” said Walmart store manager Toni Cronin in an emailed statement to WKBN. “She was the kind of person who always had a smile on her face and could brighten up anyone’s day with her outgoing personality. Sylvia will be remembered by all those who were fortunate to work with her over the years.”

Maillis’ colleagues described her as someone who had a contagiously positive personality. She was an overnight support manager and worked at Walmart for eight years.

Witnesses said Maillis got into Kropinak’s car and was shot soon after. Police found a semi-automatic handgun in the car.

Dorothy Kane, who works with the Help Hotline’s Domestic Violence Workplace Program, said her organization provides workforce training about domestic violence.

“We also want to educate people on how to respond to somebody,” Kane said. “What do you say to that person? How do you help them to know that there is help out there, that you’re not alone and that the workplace could be behind that situation they’re in.”

A search of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records didn’t show any filings between the victims.

Help Hotline can be reached by calling 211 in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

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