Church guard, 88, killed in horror knife assault

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A church attendant, 88, was identified as the man who was killed in a knife attack in South Wales on Tuesday.

John Rees died after being stabbed to death in a cooperative shop in Penygraig, Rhondda. Three other victims of the incident are said to be in a stable condition. A 29-year-old woman from now on who was arrested.

Rees had left his wife in the car when he queued up to shop for their weekly groceries in the village shop before he was killed in the accidental attack.

Rees & # 39; family paid tribute to the two-time grandfather in a statement: "John was the definition of a good man who was extremely respected and popular in the community. He was proud of his family, proud to be a Welsh man and himself Dedicated to Saints. We're all going to miss him terribly. "

Another family friend was sad: "He was known to everyone here as Uncle John, he was such a man. He was a church attendant and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was the perfect gentleman."

Det Ch Insp Mark O & # 39; Shea of ​​the South Wales Police Department's largest criminal police team has launched an extensive investigation and found that no one else was wanted in connection with the incident.

"This is a very tragic incident, and a man has died and his family is supported by specially trained police officers," he said. "Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victim's family at this very sad time. This incident will understandably have caused a major shock to the local community, and I would like to assure the residents that a comprehensive investigation has been initiated."

Rees was responsible for ringing the bells of the village church on Thursday for key workers during the COVID 19 outbreak.

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