Vigil held for murdered Farmington Hills party store owner

Vigil held for murdered Farmington Hills party store owner

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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) -

Police continue to search for a gunman who robbed and murdered the popular owner of Tom's Party Store on Inkster Road near Eight Mile Road in Farmington Hills. A customer walked in around 12:30 p.m. Saturday to find Duraid Lossia, 59, on the floor behind the counter.

Click on the video player to watch reports from Randy Wimbley and Robin Schwartz

Another vigil is planned for Monday. Visitation for Lossia is 4-8 p.m. Monday at Southfield Funeral Home. A funeral mass will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church in Southfield.

Police say Lossia was dead at the scene. The cash register was open when he was found. A short time earlier, a possible suspect was seen leaving the store. He's described as a black man in his teens or early 20s, about six feet tall with a thin build.

Regular customers tell Fox 2 the victim, who they knew as "Dave," would go out of his way to help anyone, even giving customers store credit or letting them go without paying if they were short on cash. They say he also gave homeless people odd jobs and paid them for their work.

"He was a good man, a family man," said Brandon Stewart. "He worked hard; he wanted his son and daughter to go to college and to get through life. He's an outgoing guy."

Grieving family members gathered on the street trying to console one another. A woman believed to be the store owner's wife was so grief stricken, she was carried away on a stretcher. Police say Dave owned the store for about 23 years. He was so well loved, customers tell Fox 2 they don't believe anyone who knew him could rob him or kill him.

"He's known around this neighborhood, he's like family to everyone," said Debra Jennings. "Didn't matter what color you [were], what race you were. He was just a very sweet man and I sure hope they catch whoever [did] that to him, I really do, because he didn't deserve that at all."

UPDATE 12/30: One person has been arrested in connection with the murder of Lossia. Click on the link to the right for information.

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