Beloved business man killed inside Memphis record store

Beloved businessman shot and killed
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man was killed inside a Memphis record store Thursday.

Memphis Police Department said it received a call about an unresponsive man bleeding at River Records on South Highland Street.

Investigators said it appeared the victim was robbed before being shot.

Friends of the victims said he owned the store. They identified him as Jerry Gibson--the brother of the original owner of Gibson's Donuts.

"He had a good way with people," customer Osborne Burks said. "He loved people. He loved music, and he loved sharing it."

For decades, that's exactly what Gibson did at his little corner shop. It's a store filled with history and stacks of records. Loyal customers and friends of Gibson stopped by the store to pay their respects.

"About every Saturday morning, yeah, just swing in and spend some time drinking a cup of coffee with Jerry," customer Aaron Henager said.

Jim Blake was the first person to arrive at River Records after Gibson was found dead. He has been Gibson's friend for the past 50 years.

"I came up here hoping for the best, and I am afraid it's not the best," Blake said. "A homicide is going to be bad whoever it is; he doesn't deserve this."

Someone walked into the store about 5 p.m. Thursday and found the man unconscious and bleeding on the floor.

Blake said the store owner usually closed the door for the night around the time he was found dead, which is what worries him.

"It's just a rotten deal," he said.

Nobody has been arrested for this crime.

"We would talk about life. Oh we would talk about politics, religion," Osborne said. "We would talk about everything. Jerry, he was just that kind of guy."

Danny Phillips, who works across the street, was asked about the crime by police.

"They wanted to know if we'd seen anybody," Phillips said, "Then that one officer asked me if I'd seen anybody run out of there or run down the street."

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