BENICIA (KPIX 5) – A beloved Benicia liquor store owner is remembered as Solano County Community Police investigated his second homicide of the year.
Police believe the Rose Market clerk was shot and killed during a robbery on Tuesday night.
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The market is closed but many people stopped to drop off flowers, cards and sweets on Wednesday. Many are still in shock over what happened here to the owner of this market.
“He was always so friendly, a good guy. He was working all the time,” said Angela Loza, a customer who has been coming to Rose Market for years.
Loza stopped to drop off a potted plant in remembrance of her friend.
“Just let his family know he’s more than the liquor store guy. It had an effect on the people who came here,” she told KPIX 5.
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Police say the incident happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening. Officers responded to an alarm call. Upon arrival, they found the store owner suffering from a gunshot wound.
Next-door surveillance footage at the Napoli restaurant was provided to investigators. The community is doing everything they can to help the police catch the killer.
“He worked hard to support his family, his store. They bought the center and for someone to walk in and kill themselves like that is very upsetting,” restaurant owner Chris Guerrera told KPIX 5.
The murder shook the nerves of many in this small, tight-knit community that rarely sees this kind of violent crime. Prior to this year, Benicia’s last murder dates back to 2011.
“It’s just sad what the world is coming to because he was such a good guy and he didn’t deserve it,” Loza said.
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Guerrera added: “When I finally left here at 12:30/1am last night, I was thinking, ‘I’m going home to my family and he’s not coming back. “”