Buffalo (WKBW) It was a plea for help by a family, a community, and the Mayor himself as the investigation continues into the murder of a deli store owner.
The memorial continues to grow outside the Union Super Market in Buffalo, all to honor Ali Hababi, the store owner who was shot and killed on the job Friday night.
Abdullah Hababi, the victim's uncle, said the entire family was taking the death very hard.
"This is tragedy for us. It's a huge loss. And we are sad, the whole family," he said.
As the family grieves the loss of the father of seven who supported his wife and family living in Yemen, Mayor Byron Brown visited the store and spoke with some family members. Abdullah Hababi thanked the Mayor for his ongoing support, and asked him to do all he could to help in the efforts to find the person who shot and killed Ali. Mayor Brown offered his condolences and told the family everything is being done that is possible.
Mayor Brown then took to the streets, handing out flyers and speaking with community members to assist in the hunt for Hababi's killer.
"We are going to pursue them with every ounce of resources that we have. We are not going to forget. They are not going to be comfortable, and they will be found, they will be arrested, and they will go to jail," Mayor Brown said.
The suspects in this case are still on the loose, but Buffalo Police have released security footage from the night of the shooting, with the hope that it can help bring those responsible to justice.
"The neighborhood knew my uncle, knew how he treated them. If they love him, if they love us, say something. These guys will do this again," Hababi's nephew said.
Family members tell Eyewitness News that Hababi's body will be flown back to Yemen tomorrow to be reunited with his family.
Police are asking anyone with any information to call the police confidential tip line at 847-2255.