Family remembers owner killed at corner grocery store

CREATED Dec 31, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Police have no solid leads into the shooting that claimed Fawzi Abu-Hamdan's life at 32nd & Brown, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told TODAY'S TMJ4.
"This is a bad one in the sense that this was individual that was just running his business and again, he becomes a victim of needless homicide, of needless violence," Barrett said.
Fawzi was a husband, father to four and just recently became a grandfather.  His daughter is a combat medic in the army.
"He was such a giver.  He never asked to get anything back from anyone," said the victim's nephew, Zaid Abu-Hamdan.  "He's an amazing father.  He is a hard worker.  He's been nothing but a good citizen in America.  It's a big loss."
The owner's family wants to sell the now padlocked Zara Food Store.  The family plans to fly with Fawzi's body back to his small native village in Lebanon later this week.
"My uncle did not have a gun to protect himself and I know for a fact, if he did, he would not kill anybody," Zaid Abu-Hamdan said.  "His American dream was to make it out here, make a good a living and go back home.  So, he made everything except going back home.  I don't know how much of a dream that wil be."
Barrett said two suspects entered the store Friday night.
Police said a struggle ensued and during a scuffle the victim sustained a fatal gunshot wound.  The suspect fled in a dark colored SUV and no arrests have yet been made, but the investigation is ongoing.