Heartbreaking update on Palmdale Kohl’s stabbing as family reveals father and daughter killed after helping suspect

Families of the Palmdale Kohl stabbing victims have broken their silence following the “extraordinarily brutal” shopping mall shooting.

Ken Evans and his 22-year-old daughter McKenna Evans were stabbed to death just before noon Thursday in broad daylight at a Kohl’s store in Palmdale, California.

Ken Evans and his daughter McKenna Evans were brutally stabbed to death in a California parking lot

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Ken Evans and his daughter McKenna Evans were brutally stabbed to death in a California parking lotCredit: FAMILY HANDOUT
Jesse Mercado dated McKenna and said his heart didn't want the news to be true

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Jesse Mercado dated McKenna and said his heart didn’t want the news to be truePhoto credit: ABC7

And in an emotional reflection, the family described the moments leading up to Thursday’s “extraordinarily brutal attack.”

Ken’s wife, Elizabeth Evans, recalled working on his car in the California parking lot before the suspect approached him.

The grieving woman said she doesn’t know why her husband was stabbed and hopes the suspect “never gets out of jail” after tearing her family apart.

Investigators said the suspect – who remains in custody and has not been identified – asked one of the victims for help with the car.

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A fight then reportedly broke out between them, resulting in stab wounds.

Jesse Mercado, who had been with McKenna for eight months and said his heart didn’t want the news of her death to be true.

He said: “All I want from this is just one more time… just one more time.

“Can I just hold her one more time? And say goodbye and that’s it.

“Tell her I love her. I will always love her.”

The US Sun reported that McKenna was pronounced dead at the scene, while Ken later died in hospital.

Both victims suffered multiple stab wounds, police said.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the incident was reported just before noon at a mall on the 39800 block of North 10th Street West.

NBC LA said detectives were at the scene for 12 hours to process what happened.

“SHOUT AND RUN”

A witness told the outlet: “The lady was screaming and running back and forth from the parking lot [someone] stabbed her a couple of times in the back, side of the ribs and stomach.”

Another witness, who declined to be named, said she saw the attack while she was shopping with her two children.

“I see a lady running and a guy just grabs her from behind by the side of her stomach,” she said.

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“He went to her chest and dropped her.

“He walks away, walks towards his vehicle, comes running back, stabs her a few more times in the stomach and she falls back to the ground, then he kicks her, then walks away, comes back, pulls her hair and drags her . “

Police were called to the scene just before noon on Wednesday

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Police were called to the scene just before noon on WednesdayPhoto credit: ABC7

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