Employee killed at O’Reilly’s identified

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Marc Zhuchenko

NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA – The man killed on Thursday night after confronting a would-be robber at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store in North Highlands has been identified.

Twenty-two-year-old Marc Zhuchenko was working Thursday night at the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store located at 4423 Elkhorn Blvd in North Highlands, when 26-year-old Michael Eugene Addson attempted to rob the store.

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Addson entered the auto parts store at around 7:15 p.m. Thursday and ordered three employees onto the ground, including Zhuchenko. Zhuchenko refused to comply with the would-be robber, and grabbed a knife from behind the counter, stabbing Addson. During the struggle Addson shot Zhuchenko in the abdomen and fled the scene.

Zhuchenko was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A short time later, Sacramento Sheriff Homicide Detectives were alerted by a local hospital that Addson was seeking medical attention for a stab wound. Detectives were able to determine by evidence collected at the scene that he was the person responsible for the homicide. According to a Zhuchenko family member, the hospital was the same hospital where Zhuchenko was born 22 years ago.

Zhuchenko was a recent graduate from American River College (ARC). He worked in various departments at ARC, including the Center for Leadership and Development, the Dusty Baker Student Athlete Resource Center and the Counseling Center.

The ARC Associated Student Body Student Senate issued a public statement Friday describing Zhuchenko as “a student, a leader, a co-worker, an athlete and a hero.” Continuing, the student body gave it’s condolences, “We as the Associated Student Body Student Senate mourn the loss of such a young inspiring man and a hero. He touched many lives at the American River College and his loss is felt by the entire student body.”

According to a statement released by the college, “ARC is so saddened about Marc’s tragic loss. Our deepest thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time. Marc was a beloved member of the ARC family and our hearts are broken.”

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