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Local Hero Died Protecting a Total Stranger



“My father is a hero. He has always been a hero.”

Those words, spoken through the tears by a grieving daughter, cut through the evening air and rang out over the empty Clarksburg High School football field, they echoed back to the hundreds of people gathered for a vigil for Malcom “Mike” Winffel on Saturday night.

Malcom Winffel was killed Friday morning as he and another man came to the aid of a woman who police believe was being carjacked by Eulalio Sevilla Tordil in the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. Police say Tordil shot and killed Winffel, and left the other man in critical condition from a gunshot at Suburban Hospital. The female they were protecting suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound.


Police in both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County had been looking for 62-year-old Tordil after he killed his estranged wife at High Point High School in Prince George County on Thursday night. Police believe that Tordil was attempted to carjack the woman at the mall because police were searching for his rental vehicle.

Malcom “Mike” Winffel was 45-years-old, he lived in Boyds with his wife, Norma, and two children who attend Clarksburg High School, Kayla, a senior, and Brandon, a freshman.

“Malcom Winffel gave his life for somebody he doesn’t know in order to protect her from a predator,” said Assistant Montgomery County Police Chief Russ Hamill at a press conference held Saturday night at Police Headquarters.