Date registered: Apr 2006
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Rest in Peace Walmart worker
The family of the Wal-Mart worker who died after being trampled by Black Friday shoppers has hired a lawyer, setting the stage for a possible lawsuit.
Angry relatives of Jdimytai Damour were waiting for autopsy results Saturday as police reviewed security tapes to identify shoppers who took part in the stampede.
Wal-Mart has defended the precautions it took on the busiest shopping day of the year, but Long Island cops said the retailer didn't have enough security on hand.
Danielle Damour, the victim's sister, said the family was seeking legal advice and had not made funeral plans for her brother, a temporary maintenance worker.
"We've got a lawyer already," Danielle Damour, 41, said. "They haven't released the body because they want to do the autopsy."
Doctors told the family that the 34-year-old Queens man suffered a heart attack.
That happened after he was knocked to the floor at the Valley Stream outlet as bargain-crazed shoppers rushed the door before the 5 a.m. opening.
Nassau County Police said it's too early to say if anyone would face criminal charges. "That decision would be made by the DA's office," a police spokesman said. "The investigation is ongoing."
Damour's father, Ogera Charles, 66, said he doubted cops could pinpoint a culprit.
"How are you going to find those people?" he said. "There were too many people for the camera to do anything.
"They should have more security outside to control the crowd," he said. "Let the Lord judge. I lost my son already."
Damour was part of a human chain of employees manning the entrance of the store while some 2,000 impatient shoppers waited outside.
The crowd trampled the Freeport High School graduate - then went on to scour the shelves for sales, even after being told a man had died.
Four shoppers, including a woman who is eight months pregnant, were also injured in the frenzy.
The store opened yesterday morning with beefed-up security and calmer, somber crowds.
About 100 people waited patiently in line before being let inside at 7 a.m., and there was none of the previous day's chaos.
"The line was sad," said Elaine Ryans, 38, from Elmont, L.I. "It was like, 'Are we going to a funeral or are we going shopping?'"
The only vestiges of Friday's mayhem were taped-up glass on a door and emotional scars.
"I was scared," a Wal-Mart worker said shortly after the store opened.
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