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The coroner’s office Sunday released the name of the 7-Eleven clerk stabbed to death when he and his wife tried to stop a man from taking a beer and a hot dog without paying.

He was Washil Uddin Ahmed, 55, of North Hollywood, said coroner’s Capt. John Kadus. An autopsy was pending.

A homeless parolee was suspected of fatally stabbing Ahmed and critically wounding his co-worker wife. Hasaan Blunt, 42, was held without bail because he violated a condition of his parole by being arrested, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

No information about the conviction that landed him on parole was immediately available.

The victims were stabbed about 9:15 a.m. Friday at the convenience store at Laurel Canyon and Chandler boulevards, said LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera.

The husband and wife were rushed to a hospital, where Ahmed died and the woman was listed in critical condition, Herrera said. Her name has not been released, but police said she is his widow.

Police said the woman chased after Blunt when he tried to leave without paying for a beer and a hot dog. The suspect stabbed her multiple times and Ahmed intervened, but he was stabbed as well, police allege.

Blunt was arrested after police set up a perimeter in the area.

People familiar with the store told reporters at the scene the couple had been co-workers and recently married.

Neighbor Gabriel Saadiq told the Los Angeles Daily News that he knew the couple only as Ahmed and Paulina, and said transients typically hang out outside the store.

Officials at 7-Eleven Inc. issued a statement calling the stabbings “a horrible situation.”

“Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We are gathering information and working with law enforcement.”

–City News Service

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