Family Shares Grief and Anger After Cashier Was Fatally Shot by Customer Over Mask Dispute

Laquitta Willis, 41, was killed after a dispute with a customer over a mask at a DeKalb grocery store.

A beloved DeKalb County cashier was shot by a customer who refused to wear a mask Monday. Her family still cannot believe she was shot over something so small.

“Just loving, funny, she was quiet at times but once you got to know her, just an amazing person,” Alexis Breland described of her sister. “A dependable person, you always have in your corner.”

Although siblings, Laquitta Willis was so much like a second mom to her little sister.

Breland recalled how Willis helped put her through college and always supported her. She says the family is dealing with disbelief, anger, and grief.

“She loved people,” the sister sighed.

Breland tells CBS46 Willis was a protector. In fact, she was trying to protect others on Monday, asking shoppers to wear masks.

“A life was lost, a beautiful soul was lost over something that not too long ago was mandatory.”

Suspect Victor Tucker refused to put on his mask, after Willis told him about the Big Bear Supermarket policy. Tucker left the store, came back with a gun, then police say he shot the 41-year-old in her head.

“This person meant so much to so many people and this was a senseless death.” Breland continued, “So whatever is deemed justice for his actions — I think everything should be thrown at him.”

She cannot help but to think if someone saw the gunman before he made it back inside to kill her sister.

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SOURCE: CBS46, Ciara Cummings

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