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Slain Md. 7-Eleven Clerk Stabbed 75 Times



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    A clerk killed while working at a Gaithersburg, Md., 7-Eleven suffered 75 stab wounds early Thursday morning, according to prosecutors.

    At a hearing for Shaun King Friday, prosecutors recounted the attack, News4 Washington's Mark Segraves reported. Before 2 a.m. Thursday, King entered the store on Snouffer School Road dressed all in black and asked for a hot dog, prosecutors said. He put the hot dog in his pocket and went to the bathroom. He came out behind the victim, 63-year-old Abdul Ghaffar, grabbed his throat and stabbed him 75 times, prosecutors said. The other clerk on duty ran from the store and alerted authorities.

    Surveillance video showed King standing over his victim for about six minutes after the attack, Montgomery County police said.

    When officers arrived, they observed King leaving the store with what appeared to be blood on his hands and clothes, police said. After King was handcuffed, officers found a box cutter in his pocket, police said.

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    Twice King tried to run from police -- once at the scene and once at the police station.

    Ghaffar, who had cuts to his neck, chin and wrists, died at an area hospital. 

    Sources told Segraves King had been diagnosed schizophrenic in the past. 

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    Robbery does not appear to be a motive in the stabbing, according to authorities. A relative of Ghaffar told News4 Ghaffar knew King. 

    "He used to [be] a customer," the family member said. "He had an argument with him one time."

    His family told News4 he didn't usually work at that 7-Eleven location and was filling in for someone.

    King is charged with first-degree murder.

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