Dothan: Family of murder victim re-opens business

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Dothan, AL (WSFA) – This week, Dedert's Furniture store opened its doors for the first time since 69-year-old Grace Bridges was shot and killed inside.

Her husband, Don Dedert says he's back to work for one reason.

"This was something Grace always wanted to do," he said.

It's a place that holds so many good memories, but the pain of losing his "Amazing Grace" is still very fresh.

"I break down and cry every once in a while," Dedert said.

The crime scene and police tape are now gone, transforming it back to its cozy, neighborhood furniture store, but the unanswered questions still remain.

Dedert said, "There was no reason to shoot her.  She would have given them anything, and if they needed furniture, she would have helped them load it.  She always told me, 'Don't fight it. If they want something, give it to them.' "

Police say they're following up on several leads, but no suspects have been named.

So while the search for the killer continues, Dedert says he's still holding out hope.

"I think they'll eventually find him. I'm not sure if it will be in my lifetime, but I think they'll eventually find him."

And while the pain is sometimes too much to bear, he says, when he thinks about how much she enjoyed it, it makes it all worthwhile.

The $16,000 reward is still in place for information leading to an arrest.

Call Dothan Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000 if you have a tip.

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