Danville, VA - Danville police are investigating a homicide with no known motive and a victim whose loss is hitting many people very hard.
Police say Gilmore Martin Cowan, 56, ran an inventory business, working at gas stations and other small stores.
Overnight Sunday, as Cowan leaving the Airport Pure gas station on South Boston Road, someone stabbed him multiple times.
Cowan was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police say Cowan was getting a ride from a friend and was in her car when he was stabbed.
Behind the counters at many Danville convenience stores, employees work through sadness.
"The tears came out. I was in shock, pretty shock, I couldn't believe," said friend and co-worker Asif Kahn.
"He will be missed. That's for sure," Lauren Gross, a Co-Worker said.
Cowan rotated between many Danville stores, helping with inventory.
"Everybody is upset. Everybody is sad. Still cannot believe that it happened," added Kahn.
Workers say Cowan closed the store and went to his friend's car.
Police say the woman was in the driver's seat, when two men came up to Cowan, one stabbing him multiple times.
"I watched the video so it made me more upset and mad," Kahn said.
"He suffered the whole time he was dying. He shouldn't have," Gross said.
Police say the suspects ran off and the friend drove Cowan to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Kahn often picked Cowan up from work, but just hours before the stabbing, he received a text that he had another ride.
"I still don't believe that it happened," Kahn said.
Now, co-workers and friends say they worry about their own safety.
"I keep my eyes open," Gross said.
"I don't feel safe at all anymore," Kahn added.
Police say the man who stabbed Cowan was wearing a mask and was possibly cut during the attack. They have not released any possible motive for this attack and remind everyone to always be on the lookout for potential threats.
If you have any information about the stabbing, you are asked to call Danville Crimestoppers at (434)793-0000.