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Victims of Kohl’s parking lot stabbing in Palmdale are remembered

A young woman who was stabbed to death with her father in a Palmdale mall has been remembered by her mother as “an absolute beacon” who “didn’t know a stranger”.

McKenna Evans and her father, Ken Evans, were working on a car they owned in the parking lot of a Kohl’s when they were attacked shortly before noon Thursday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a man they believe may be on the way.

Ken Evans died after being taken to hospital, while authorities pronounced his daughter dead at the scene.

In an interview with KTLA-TV Channel 5, Elizabeth Evans said her husband was a “doting dad” who “loved spending time with his daughter.” Her hobbies included mountain biking and billiards, she said. She believes the attack was random and her husband tried to save her daughter by protecting her with his body.

“Everyone has become her best friend,” Elizabeth Evans said of her daughter.

Jesse Mercado said McKenna Evans, his girlfriend, was both ambitious and kind. Speaking to KTLA, he recalled rushing to the mall “to see if she was okay. I wanted to hold her again. It was hard to know that the person who changed my life so drastically – in a single day – was taken away.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help the family with funeral costs.


Los Angeles Times

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