ARCADIA, Florida – More than 100 people came out Friday night to pay their respects to Saleh Ahmed, an Arcadia store owner who was killed at his business in early May.
An event was organized to celebrate his life and his impact on the community. It included prayer, remembrance and love.
“They loved him. I know they loved him, ”said Seema Berbin, the victim’s wife.
Over 100 community members filled the parking lot at the corner store off Magnolia Street.
“It shows how much he has touched the community,” said the victim’s son, Ani Saleh.
Everyone took their turn lighting a candle, sharing a memory and helping each other in mourning two weeks after Saleh Ahmed was killed inside the Fiesta Food Mart.
“Over the past 14 years he has been here in the community more than was actually available to us,” said the victim’s daughter, Priya.
On May 14, investigators said Reginald Roberts, 21, attempted to rob Ahmed, murdering him in the process.
“It looked like it like nothing had happened, whatever,” Berbin said. “I did not get my husband back. They did not get their father back.
As Roberts awaits trial, Ahmed’s family said his arrest and the memorial was helping the closure.
“I don’t want anyone to forget what he has done for this community and just pray for him,” said Tanvir Toshon, the victim’s son-in-law.