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Montgomery homicide victim's family speaks out

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) -

Many residents of the Regency Park community say they're going to miss the face of Rahulkamar Patel.

Patel was working his usual Sunday shift at the Troy Highway Package Store in Montgomery when a masked man entered the store shortly after 9 p.m. and fatally shot him.  

"He was such a nice, young man," said Nancy Celestine, a regular customer who lives near the store. "He was just like my child and he always had something good to say to his customers. He treated everybody right."

Patel's family gathered in front of the store today to say they're last goodbyes and to collect the cards and flowers that have been left for them in Rahul's memory. The family has decided to close the business after Sunday night's shooting. 

"Just coming here and seeing all the flowers and cards outside the door, it's nice to know so many people cared for him and they're showing that they cared for him," said one family member. "A lot of our family from out of town has come to help us get through this, and it's nice to have our family's support so with that support I think we're doing better. Better than day one."

But with that support also comes questions as the family still struggles with why this had to happen.

"His life is gone and nothing that we can do will bring him back. So the only thing we can hope for is justice to be served to the person that's responsible and maybe answer the question why?," said another family member. "What we're all wondering is why someone would do this to him? He's never made any enemies, and he's such a calm, quiet guy. I don't know why anyone would want to hurt him."

Central Alabama Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that can lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect.

Witnesses described him as an unidentified male, light to medium complexion, wearing a purple shirt over his head and face, blue shirt, blue pants, and blue tennis shoes with red soles, armed with a .380 caliber handgun.

If you have any information, contact Crimestoppers at 215-STOP. 

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