Business owner found beaten to death

March 9, 2008 5:48:43 AM PDT
A clerk who's lived in the same north Houston community for nearly 40 years is dead after he was attacked in his own store. And now, the victim's family is pleading for help to catch the killer. A week from today, Joe Moses would have been celebrating his 71st birthday. People in the neighborhood knew him as 'MoJo.' His ran his convenience store at the same corner for 35 years.

It was inside that convenience store off Crosstimers and Castor that he was beaten and robbed just before 10am Saturday. A customer walked into the store and found Moses lying on the ground behind the counter.

Investigators say Moses suffered severe trauma to the face. By the time paramedics arrived, Moses was unconscious. He was rushed by ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital, where he later died.

His family is offering forgiveness to the person who did this in return for justice.

"He didn't do anything bad to anybody. He didn't bad mouth anybody. He didn't talk about anybody. He didn't turn anybody away," said Chris Moses, the victim's grandson. "What he did was he gave. He gave of himself. He gave what he had. It shouldn't have happened, not today."

There is a surveillance camera inside the store, but police say it appears the camera wasn't working. The store where this happened is right across the street from a police storefront. But we understand the storefront is closed on weekends.

There are no leads in this case. Police are asking for the public's help. If you know anything about this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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