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Cops: Florida Wal-Mart Employee Killed Over $1.25

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File photo of a Walmart store. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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HIALEAH (AP) — Miami-Dade police say a Cuba native who was gunned down last week on his way to his job at a Wal-Mart in Hialeah was killed over $1.25.

The Miami Herald reports that police say 53-year-old Hector Vichot was carrying that amount in his wallet when officers found him suffering from a gunshot wound Dec. 16. Vichot was able to tell police that two young men had confronted him, demanding money in English.

Police say Vichot struggled to understand them, ran and was shot in the back. He died later at a Miami hospital.

Vichot, a Havana native, was working as a maintenance worker at Wal-Mart after having been laid off two years ago from a contracting job he’d had for more than a decade.

He usually rode to work but his colleague called to say he couldn’t take him that morning. Vichot said that was OK, he’d walk the seven blocks or so to work.

His brother Pedro Vichot said the victim was twice divorced but remained close to his grown son and daughter in Cuba and his 14-year-old son in Miami.

A distraught Pedro Vichot took down his Christmas tree just days before his brother’s funeral Wednesday. He instead prominently displays a picture of his brother given to him by Wal-Mart employees with the message: “God bless your soul, Hector Vichot.”

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