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Salem police probe apparent murder-suicide



Published: Sun, September 8, 2013 @ 8:36 p.m.

Salem police probe apparent murder-suicide

SALEM — The apparent murder of a 37-year-old Canfield woman in the Walmart parking lot today followed by the suicide of her estranged boyfriend happened so fast that witnesses in the victim’s car didn’t exit the vehicle before the shootings ended, police said.

“It happened very fast,” said police Detective Brad Davis of the murder-suicide. “It’s very tragic. It’s tough for the families involved; very rough.”

Charles Kropinak, 36, of Campbell, the estranged boyfriend of Sylvia Maillis of Canfield, who worked at the Salem Walmart for about eight years, was waiting for her in an employee parking lot about 2:40 a.m. today, Davis said.

They both got out of their cars, got into a verbal confrontation and Kropinak pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic handugn and fired several shots at Maillis before turning the gun on himself, likely shooting himself once, Davis said.

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1JS(578 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The Vindy forgot to mention that Charles Kropinak had a concealed carry permit.

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2Bluedevil464(7 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah because thats important at this moment. Maybe he shouldn't have had one. The country is legalizing these things and innocent people are being killed. Oh let's go tell her daughter but HE HAD A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT. Grow up

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3Brkfldwrrr621(12 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

What does it matter if he had a concealed carry permit or not he obviously had bad intentions if he had those intentions it wouldn't have mattered if he had a permit or not this isnt the spot to argue there are families and friends that lost loved ones.Grow up maybe if someone in the parking lot had a concealed carry permit they could have taken him out before he had the chance to shoot the poor defenseless women

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4Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Tell that to her precious 9 year old daughter that she loved dearly and is without a wonderful mother now.

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5JS(578 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Firearms in the hands of the unstable are far more deadly. A temper tantrum less the firearm is far less deadly. So tell me, what was he armed for to protect himself from? What kind of right did he have to kill Sylvia?

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6rex(62 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

We have a mental illness problem in this country NOT a gun problem. I would bet that friends/neighbors/relatives etc will have stories to tell about this man. It happens frequently when there is a shooting. People then come out and say the shooter had "problems".

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7Bluedevil464(7 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Well if he had a mental illness why was he able to obtain a permit. Excuses all excuses. A young mother is dead

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8rex(62 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I do not believe the CCW background check cross references with mental health records just criminal records. (Someone may correct me on this. ) Plus family/friends/neighbors are reluctant to report mental illnesses. Who to report it to- how to get them off the streets? Should we ban alcohol to eliminate drunk driving? Or do we ban the cars. Religious fanatics regularly slaughter millions, do we ban religion? I should not have my rights violated because of the actions of mentally ill individuals.

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9Bluedevil464(7 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Mental illness does not justify murder. Danny lee hill is on death row and they tried to say he is mentally ill. Give it a break. I would hope they run toxicology on him to see his mental state. Rex do me a favor and as you want understanding for this man allow her the respect

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10rex(62 comments)posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You misunderstand my purpose completely! I do not want understanding for this man. I just don't want people jumping on the "ban all guns" bandwagon because of him. My only goal is to focus on the real problem; mental illness. I mean no disrespect to a grieving family.

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