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SALEM, Ohio - A tragic murder-suicide in Salem on Sunday has the community stunned, and searching for answers.

Shots rang out at approximately 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning, and when the shooting stopped, two people were dead.

Sylvia Maillis, the 37-year-old mother of a young child, and an employee at Wal-Mart was the murder victim.

The victim's ex-boyfriend, 36-year-old, Charles Kropinak allegedly opened fire, killing Maillis, and then himself. A 9-millimeter handgun was found next to him.

Detective Dave Talbert, with the Salem Police Department is investigating, "We believe he totally surprised her. She was not expecting him there. This was something she commonly did, went on break with co-workers, go get their food, and sit in the parking lot, before they go back in."

A store surveillance camera caught the crime on tape according to detectives, and eyewitnesses say Kropinak pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot, the two began arguing, and that's when the Campbell man pulled the gun and opened fire.

Friends of the victim tell police, Maillis, who is originally from Campbell, but most recently was living in Canfield, had been estranged from her ex-boyfriend for about 9-months, and had a protection order against him.

After checking Mahoning County and Columbiana County Courts records, as well as area courts and police agencies, 21 News could find no record of a protection order.

... But in the end a young mother is dead, and a community, family and her Wal-Mart co-workers are left to wonder how it came to this?.

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