Friends and customers remember murdered store clerk - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Friends and customers remember murdered store clerk

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Abdullh Assadi, known to his friends and customers as "Jack", was about to become a grandfather. Now the husband and father of five children is dead, a victim of a violent crime. 

Assadi, a clerk at Sam's Food Market on Mississippi Blvd., was shot and killed by an armed robber on Friday morning.

Customers poured into the market on Saturday, hanging stuffed animals and praying for Assadi and his family.

"Expressing their condolences, giving the clerks hugs," said co-worker Yusef.

Co-workers said the cash register was empty because the store had just opened, but the robber killed Assadi anyway.
"This whole thing is senseless and we need to bring this person to justice," said Yusef.

Police say a lone gunman entered the store around 8:30 a.m. and demanded money from Assadi, who was standing behind the counter. The suspect then shot him in the face.

Assadi was taken to The Med in critical condition, where he later died.

Friends describe Assadi as a kind person.

"People would be short on change. He would say, 'Don't worry about it...go. Whenever you've got it, bring it back,'" said roommate Wesam Al-Batani.

Police are still searching for the suspect, described as an African American man in his early 20s, about 5'3 and 125 pounds and wearing a dark blue jacket.

They say there were two witnesses inside the grocery store at the time of the shooting, and surveillance cameras were rolling the entire time.

Someone attempted to rob Sam's on Wednesday, and police are working to determine if the two cases are connected.

Friends say Assadi wasn't the only victim, and that his family, the establishment and the community as a whole will suffer from this crime.

"To put it to you mildly, he was a hell of a guy," said Yusef. "He was a loving and devoted father, and that I know."

If you have information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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