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Crowds line up around 4 a.m. waiting for the 5 a.m. opening of Walmart in Valley Stream. When the doors opened the crowd rushed into the store, a number of people were knocked down including an employee who subsequently died. Since then, Walmart has changed its Black Friday openings to better manage crowds. (Nov. 28, 2008)(Credit: Nakea Augustine)

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Man trampled to death in 2008 at Valley Stream Walmart

On Nov. 28, 2008, a frenzied Black Friday opening at the Walmart in Valley Stream led to a stampede that killed a seasonal employee, Jdimytai Damour, 34, Jamaica, Queens. Deep early-bird discounts had drawn crowds that packed the curb and spilled into the parking area, blocking the entrance for hours. When the doors finally opened at 5 a.m., shoppers pushed their way into the store and people were knocked down. Since then, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has settled with Nassau County prosecutors by agreeing to overhaul security plans at its retail stores, and the company has changed its Black Friday openings nationwide to better manage crowds. Other major retailers have instituted similar strategies to improve safety.