Reward Offered in Deli Owner's Murder

May 23, 2011 Updated May 23, 2011 at 11:41 PM EDT

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May 23, 2011 Updated May 23, 2011 at 11:41 PM EDT


Local business owners are now offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in the murder of deli owner Ali Hababi.

Hababi was shot and killed in what police believe to be a robbery gone bad at the Union Super Market at Masten and Riley Avenues in Buffalo earlier this month.

"We will do whatever it takes to bring this individual to justice. And we want people to know we're not going to sit back and let people do things like this to us, or to anyone," Fred Markuab, President of the Arab-American Business Association, said Monday.

Buffalo Police have released the surveillance tape of the night of the incident. As police continue to investigate, the community has rallied together in an attempt to help catch those responsible. On Monday, business leaders, family members, and community leaders announced the reward that will hopefully help bring the suspects in this case to justice, and help fill the hole in the community left behind after Hababi's murder.

Common Council Member Rev. Darius Pridgen was also on hand at the press conference. "This is what responsible people do. They do not allow someone who has been so good to the community, this store has done everything that it can for the people of this community. And it would be a shame to start losing valuable businesses and responsible business leaders because people are silent," he said.

And on the heels of this murder, Rev. Pridgen is now proposing new legislation requiring security cameras in Ellicott District businesses as an investigative tool for police, just as it's being used in this case.

"We're talking about that there is a murderer, every day possibly, on the streets of the City of Buffalo. Somebody needs to bring a murderer to justice," Pridgen said.

Authorities are asking anyone with any information in this case to call or text the Buffalo Police Confidential Tip Line at 847-2255.