An 88-year-old man was killed in a frenzied knife attack on several shoppers in a supermarket while his wife waited outside.
Church warden John Rees left his wife Eunice, 87, in their car while he queued up to go into his local Co-op in Penygraig, south Wales.
But he never returned. He died after being stabbed in the throat in the supermarket aisles. Three other people survived the attack and are in hospital. One victim was an NHS nurse who was shopping between shifts.
A 29-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police found Eunice, who has dementia, sitting alone in the car waiting for him.
A friend said: ‘It is so tragic. John was so dedicated to Eunice and they were always together. She has no idea what has happened. Eunice has dementia and she can’t take it in. She keeps on saying: “Where’s John?”’
Paying tribute to John, the family friend added: ‘He was known to everyone around here as Uncle John – he was that sort of man.
‘He was very smart and always wore a shirt even though he was long retired.
‘He was a church warden and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was the perfect gentleman.’
Andrew Price, 58, is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed in the attack.
His family said he was in a stable condition and undergoing treatment for his injuries.
Andrew’s niece Katie Evans said: ‘My uncle was sadly one of the victims that got stabbed in Penygraig earlier. This world has gone crazy.’
Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea said: ‘This is a very tragic incident and one man has died and his family is being supported by specially trained police officers.
‘Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victim’s family at this very sad time.
‘This incident will have understandably caused a lot of shock in the local community and I want to reassure residents that a full investigation has been launched.
‘However, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.’
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