Vigil held for two men killed in store shooting

June 7, 2009 8:24:15 AM PDT
As two families struggle through grief, a vigil was held for two men shot to death at a convenience store. Those who knew the victims hope that the killer will soon be caught. "This shouldn't of happened for any reason," said Yasir Zulfigar, one of the victim's sons.

It was around 8:20am Wednesday when police say a young black man entered the store on Harrisburg and Everton and shot the owner and his clerk. Soon afterwards, shock spread through the community, including Constable Victor Trevino, who knew the victims personally.

"They would do anything for the people out here and they have and that's why you can see the response, the respect," he said.

Family members say the owner of the store, Mohammad Zubair, built his life around the shop. Known on the East End as "Mike," he worked tirelessly to provide for his wife and four children. And now, those children are lost without their Father.

"It's hurting inside so bad that we all feel that we're all broke without him," said Faiza Zubair, daughter of one of the victims. "Everyone keeps asking, 'What do we do now?' because it was my father that we looked up to."

Store clerk Shahzad Quraishi also leaves behind a big and loving family. His children were drawn to the vigil, not only because of their grief, but also to send a message to the killer.

"If he had love for anybody in his heart, he would have done it to my dad. He loved everybody, so he's not worthy of my love or hate, life or death, because he doesn't know what he's doing out there," said Hareem Shahzad, the other victim's daughter.

If you have any information about the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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