Jodie Willsher was stabbed to death in front of hordes of shoppers while working her shift at a grocery store. Onlookers and coworkers wrestled the attacker to the ground and held him down until police arrived. Willsher succumbed to her injuries while lying on the grocery store floor.
Allegedly, Neville Hord, the attacker, used to date Willsher’s mother. He entered the grocery store and walked up and down the aisles until he located Willsher. He stabbed her several times with a large knife, while she let out blood-curdling screams that drew the attention of fellow shoppers and workers.
Brave onlookers instantly jumped on Hord and forced the knife out of his hand. They then bound his arms and legs with products found on nearby shelves of the store until police arrived at the scene.
Jodie Willsher was a married mother who had spent the morning before her murder taking her daughter to visit Santa Claus. Her husband described her as a loving and attentive wife and mother who will be missed every day for the rest of their lives.
Police have yet to determine a motive for the killing. Though Hord had a brief connection to the victim, it is not known if that is why she was targeted, or if it was a random killing. Reportedly, the company Hord owned had recently fallen apart. Police are investigating to see if that had something to do with this sudden act of violence.
Community members are still coming to terms with the incident that took place in front of many of them. Those who were in the store at the time of the attack say they will never forget the sound of Willsher’s screams or the bloody sight they saw in the aisle. Many of them say they hope that Hord gets the strongest punishment possible for taking such a caring woman away from her young family.