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Friends remember Boost Mobile clerk who was killed

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PHOENIX -

Phoenix Police are still looking for information in the murder of an 18-year-old store clerk.

Jose Luis Ruiz was shot to death Saturday night while at work at a Boost mobile phone store near 51st Avenue and Southern.

Investigators believe someone out there knows or saw something that will lead to an arrest. In the meantime we're learning more about the young victim, an exceptional teen who touched the lives of the people he went to school with and met at the store.

Owen Barnett brought flowers, a kind gesture for a polite young man who worked at the Boost cell phone store where he paid his bill.

"You just take a liking to people, you know he's a human being, young. Hate to see him go like that," said customer Owen Barnett.

Saturday night, police responded to a 911 call where 18-year-old Jose Luis Ruiz worked. He was found shot to death behind the counter.

Ruiz, who graduated from Alhambra High School last May, was battalion chief for the JROTC.

"Out of all the people in the world that are bad that do harmful things, it had to be a good guy," says friend Jennifer Alday.

"He never had a bad day," says Valeria Peratta.

"It's just a big hole in all of our hearts," says Charlotte Stafford.

His friends recall a dry sense of humor. His commander calls Ruiz an inspiration, an aspiring police officer who all the kids looked up to.

"He was one of the best kids you could ever hope for," says Lt. Col. Jackson MacDonald, JROTC.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump confirms physical evidence has been collected, so has surveillance video from nearby businesses, but there were no cameras inside boost. So investigators still need more.

"We'll do everything from photographs to DNA to prints. We want to hear everything that everyone has to say that they think is important here," says Sgt. Crump.

What's important to the victim's friends is to catch the person responsible for ending his young life.

Police confirm a number of nearby businesses have been robbed, but at this point don't believe other robberies are related to what happened here, simply because those suspects were not violent and no one was hurt.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 480-WITNESS.

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