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Shooting victim remembered as a kind man that would do anything for anyone

Tahir Mahmud started his business at Joy Food Mart 10 years ago. He leaves behind a wife and six-year-old son (Photo provided by family)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Danville Police are trying to track down the person they say is responsible for killing a man Tuesday morning at the Joy Food Mart on Riverside Drive.

Tahir Mahmud, 54, was shot dead while working at his store.

Mahmud's nephew said he started the business at the Joy Food Mart 10 years ago.

He leaves behind a wife and a six-year-old son.

"He loved him so much and they always adore him," said Abdul Akram, Mahmud's nephew.

Police said Mahmud was shot while working behind the counter at his store.

"This has just tore me up, I feel like I've lost a family member," said Joyce Adkins, a customer, who didn't know what happened and went to play her numbers and found out the news. "This man was so sweet. he was just a good man. I don't understand why anybody would want to hurt him much less kill him they could have robbed him if that's what they were after they didn't have to kill him."

Akram said his uncle has had some trouble at his store in the past.

"There was a few incidents before with robberies and somebody tried to, got into a fight with him," he said.

He said his uncle just actually put his store up for sale and was going to move to New Jersey to create a better life for him and his family.

"Unfortunately his dream, his idea it just never happened the way he wanted it," Akram added.

Mahmud's family said they are thankful for the community support in this difficult time.

"It's just very painful for all of us especially for his wife and his son, who is a toddler, and I just ask for everyone's prayer for the family," Akram said.

Police said they are following up on leads to help them find a suspect(s) to bring Mahmud's death to justice.

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