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Victim's names released in apparent murder-suicide in Salem

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SALEM, Ohio - Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman in a Walmart parking lot as an apparent murder-suicide.

Detectives tell us that just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, 37-year old Sylvia Maillis was returning from her break from her Walmart job when 36-year old Charles Kropinak of Campbell drove into the employees parking area. 

Witnesses tell police that when the ex-boyfriend exited the car, she got out of her vehicle. The two argued and Kropinak pulled a gun, firing several shots

A Ruger 9mm handgun was found near Kropinak's body.

Police have interviewed witnesses and are reviewing store security footage.

The Columbiana County Coroner's Office and Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation are assisting the investigation.

Walmart officials describe Sylvia as someone with a positive contagious personality who was well liked. She worked for Walmart for 8 years, as an overnight support manager and she once served as the training coordinator for the store. 

 Grief counselors will be at the store to help associates cope with the loss of their co-worker.

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