MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- On Friday a community said goodbye to a clerk whose life was cut short by a robber.
Now, some local gas stations and convenience stores are on edge while the killer is still on the loose.
The words on one card says it all, "You were a valued part of our community."
Flowers hang to remember store owner and grandfather Ibrihim Ghazal.
"He's such a nice man, he's a nice person," said Nadeem Ahmed, former co-worker of Ghazal. "He was friendly with me also as a friend and I respect him as a father, you know?"
"It's too sad," said Jamal Haider, A&H convenience store owner. "He was a hard worker. It doesn't matter how he's feeling or snowing he's on his job."
Friends say Ghazal owned and worked at the EZ Mart seven days a week.
Police say the suspect robbed him, took the money, and then shot him. They passed out fliers Friday, and when Haider saw the picture, he recognized the face from a month ago.
"He robbed me in the parking lot with a gun," Haider said. "I give him some money out of my pocket, he forced me to give more money."
Haider and others who work in the local businesses are on alert on who walks through their doors.
"Last couple of nights she was fearful," said Imran Saeed, "but you know we are here every night."
Saeed's family owns the Citgo in Meriden and they've noticed police beefed up patrol since the murder.
"They should be proactive all the time, it doesn't matter," Saeed said.
They also take their own steps with cameras, doorbells at dark, and keeping a watchful eye. Anything to protect themselves and all of the other valued members of the community.
All of the men News 8 spoke with Friday had either been robbed themselves or their store had been a target. They're also asking Meriden neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
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