When a woman mentioned that her car stereo was broken, he came out and tried to help her fix it. When a man’s cat died, he shed tears with him. If someone ran out of pennies on a purchase, they drew change from their own pocket to cover them.
“He was my boyfriend,” said LeLe Carroll, who said she stopped by the store several times a week. “It’s going to make me cry just thinking about all the little conversations we would have.”
“He didn’t deserve this.
Hubble grew up in Orange County, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on cars, said his cousin, Angie Mullins. He was the first grandson in his family as well as his first redhead.
“He was a special child,” she said. “We’ve always called him our favorite little redhead.”
“We loved him more than anything.”
The family are still trying to deal with the grief of Hubble’s death. One thing that has given them some comfort is the outpouring of love from friends and neighbors, Mullins said.
Hubble moved to Roanoke about three years ago, after his aunt, Mullins’ mother, with whom he was close, moved to the city. The two lived not far from the store.
Hearing about the connections he made during his time here and how much he meant to others was a form of balm during this moving time, said Mullins, who still lives in central Virginia.