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Vigil held for slain popular IE store owner

November 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A candlelight vigil was held in San Bernardino Wednesday where the owner of a small market was shot to death last week.The shooting occurred at Mt. Vernon Ave. and 8th St. Wednesday night's gathering was a plea to stop the violence.

Not only are family members still hurting after last week's murder, but the entire neighborhood is living in fear because the suspect is still at large.

People here are furious over what happened to 45-year-old Amarjit Singh, the owner of Best Market on N. Mount Vernon in San Bernardino.

Last Monday, Singh was gunned down by an armed robber who walked into the store, shot the victim, and left. The whole encounter lasted less than 10 seconds.

"It was a brutal murder, and it was just not fair," said Sukhjeet Virk, a friend of Singh's. "He's left behind a beautiful family."

Virk is a longtime friend of the victim. He and others say the victim was one of the most generous people around.

"He treated us like his family. He took care of us at the store. He would give us credit for milk and bread, and so he's like a brother to me," said Singh's friend Carlos Teran.

After the senseless shooting, with still no one behind bars, people took to the streets Wednesday. They marched from Temple Missionary Church, through a neighborhood and all the way to the market.

They're pleaded with the community to stop the violence.

"We're very fed up with the senseless crimes in this neighborhood, we're tired of it," said Teran.

"If you think about it, it's terrorism within our country and that's why we've made some signs that say 'United we stand,' all communities, all races, we're here so we can get rid of this violence," said Virk.

The community is offering a $10,000 reward.

If you have information related to the crime, you're asked to call the San Bernardino Police Dept. at (909) 384-5656.


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