Salim Khamo, grandfather killed in West Rogers Park liquor store attempted robbery, remembered as kind and generous by customers

Salim Khamo, grandfather killed in West Rogers Park liquor store attempted robbery, remembered as kind and generous by customers

CHICAGO (TOC) — The liquor retailer proprietor and clerk who was killed in an armed theft Monday night time is being remembered at a vigil Thursday afternoon.

Salim Khamo, 66, was fatally shot at his West Rogers Park retailer J and Okay Meals and Liquor after a person got here in at about 9:50 p.m., pulled out a handgun and demanded cash, in keeping with Chicago police.

Police stated he was shot within the chest, and whereas he was in a position to return hearth the gunman was not hit. The suspect, who had ridden a bicycle to the shop, fled on foot, CPD stated.

Chicago hearth crews took Khamo to St. Francis hospital in essential situation, however he later died.

Police have launched surveillance pictures of the suspect. Anybody with details about the person ought to contact Detective Michael Perricone at 312-744-8261.

Khamo is survived by his spouse, three kids and 7 grandchildren. Household stated he was weeks away from retiring. He was well-known within the neighborhood, and residents and clients stated he was form and beneficiant.

“Simply a tremendous man, only a arduous employee. I do not perceive it,” stated resident Angela Hunter. “I do not perceive it.”

“Day by day you go in there, he’d… you’d principally go away with a smile as a result of he principally handled folks like they had been his household,” stated Jeremiah Hitchings, buyer.

Prospects stated Khamo was the form of man who’d spot you a greenback or two should you had been brief; not only a enterprise proprietor however somebody who cared in regards to the folks within the neighborhood. Now they’re paying their respects to his reminiscence.

“Shoot him for what? For what? The hundred {dollars} that was within the register? For what, for the beer? You took an individual’s life. You took our father,” his daughter Sally Khamo stated.

Khamo’s brother stated he got here to Chicago from Iraq some 30 years in the past throughout the first Gulf Warfare searching for a greater life and the American dream. He was killed simply two weeks earlier than he was set to retire.

Khamo lived for his household; his son stated nothing gave him extra happiness.

“He simply cared a lot about us. I do know he did,” Siefar Khamo stated.

His seven grandchildren had been his pleasure and pleasure.

“He wished to retire to a farm on the outskirts of Chicago, elevate chickens, have his grandkids come. He simply wished to have a spot for his household,” his son stated. “We got here from Iraq, you already know. We ran as a result of we had been refugees, had been Christian Assyrians from the Center East. And he was only a proud man. He was not gonna let, you already know, somebody bully him.”

Khamo opened the shop along with his brother again in 2006 after he saved up sufficient cash.

“My dad has achieved nothing mistaken his entire life. He is achieved every part proper. He deserves this. He deserves his justice,” his son stated. “We simply need him, whoever this man did it, we simply need him to get caught, OK?”

“We had a celebration on Sunday. I used to be dancing with him, my final dance with my father,” Sally Khamo stated.

Space Three detectives are investigating.

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