Man killed in liquor store robbery was going to retire that night

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

79-Year-Old Liquor Store Employee Fatally Shot During Robbery on His Last Night on the Job.

The 79-year-old from Florida was in the bottle shop he’d recently sold and counting down until he could go home and enjoy a celebratory dinner with his family. Ali Arezoumandifar, the longtime owner of the Liquor Market in Boynton Beach, Florida, had recently sold the establishment and was helping the new owners learn the ropes when he was killed, police said in a news conference Monday. After a robbery just weeks ago, the 79-year-old man’s family finally convinced him it was time to retire, according to the officer who investigated the case. A customer found him, shot and killed behind the counter — the city’s sixth homicide of 2015 and one of eight in the previous eight days in Palm Beach County, whose homicide count for the year has reached 90, according to a Palm Beach Post database. Villari said he got to know Arezoumandifar, who commuted from Jupiter, after the man hda tangled with a previous robber last month.The officer remembered the grandfather as “a very nice, hard-working guy” who was helping out the new owner.

There, Villari urged him not to chase an assailant in the future, saying that his life is more valuable than any amount of money. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? On Oct. 27, a man wearing a black mask grabbed more than $300 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from the store and fled in a dark blue sedan, police said. His family was waiting at home with a surprise dinner to celebrate when they got the call that he’d been killed. “It’s beyond horrible,” Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater tells PEOPLE. “People would purposely go to his store to buy their lottery tickets so that they could see him.” Magnolia Salgado, who works at the dry cleaners three doors down from Arezoumandifar’s liquor store, said the two had built a rapport over the last three years.

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