Family of murdered tire shop owner leans on each other for strength

Tire shop where murders happened was previously robbed at gunpoint

Family of murdered tire shop owner leans on each other for strength

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man accused of shooting and killing two people at a South Memphis tire shop is expected in court Monday.

Rickey Hull, Jr., 36, is accused of murder tire shop owner Kamel Alabes and his employee Marcus Anderson.

Friends said Alabes has lived in Memphis more than 20 years and leaves behind four children and a wife.

"Your family member go to work and you expect them to go home that evening and then they have to hear they won't be coming home to you no more. That just really touched my heart," community member Myra Oliver said.

It's not the first time the tire shop was the target of crime.

Alabes was robbed at gunpoint back in 2015--right in front of his young son. A man was later arrested for that crime.

Now, his family is mourning the loss of their husband and father. Hand in hand, they are turning to each other for strength.

The Alabes family said Kamel wanted to make a difference in his community, and owning this business was a dream of his.

"He was the strongest,” said eldest daughter Noor Alabes. “That's where we get it from. From him."

Noor said her father was “an angel sent from God." We sat down with the Alabes family Monday.

His wife spoke to us through close friend Freda Stauffer.

"He came here to start a new life and have a better life for his family,” Stauffer said.

Alabes was known for his caring nature, always willing to give to others. He moved to Memphis more than 20 years ago with dreams of making a difference.

“They were escaping from Saddam Hussein originally,” Stauffer said. “It wasn’t safe to live in Iraq.”

The Alabes family has many unanswered questions about the death of a man who they say would do anything for anyone.

“I could never imagine him ever leaving me, leaving us, leaving anybody, you know?” said eldest nephew Sejjad Alamiry. “He’s the one pillar that held us up.”

They're hoping the strength Kamel Alabes taught them helps them get through this tough time.

“He told me I have an education and language, I have to be better,” Noor said. “I told him I will and I will. Just for him, I will.”

The Alabes family said Rickey Hull Jr. was an employee of the tire shop and that Kamel Alabes was helping him in several ways.

Tire shop where murders happened was previously robbed at gunpoint

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