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5 months after two of his kids survived Parkland shooting, store owner killed in robbery

UPDATE: An arrest has been made in the slaying of the store owner

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are searching for a man who they say fatally shot a store owner.

Ayub Ali was killed during a robbery around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday at Aunt Molly’s Food Store, 1691 S. State Road 7 in North Lauderdale.

Ali’s son and daughter are survivors of the Parkland shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

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BSO deputies are looking for a suspect in the fatal shooting Tuesday, July 17, 2018, of Ayub Ali, owner of North Lauderdale's Aunt Molly's Food Store. CBS4

According to a BSO report, deputies from Lauderdale Lakes and Tamarac Fire Rescue found the 61-year-old store clerk had been shot during a robbery at Aunt Molly’s in the strip mall. Ali was pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center.

On Thursday, BSO released surveillance video that depicts a man they are calling a suspect. The suspect is seen in a black vest, reddish-orange shorts with a black and white stripe on the sides, reddish-orange slides and a skull cap with “Miami” stitched on the front.

“The suspect entered Aunt Molly’s Food Store. He took money from the cash register and left. The thief returned shortly after and shot Ali,” BSO said in a release.

Thursday, friends turned the store’s front into a memorial by placing flowers and sharing memories, CBS4 reported.

Family spokesman Mirza Mustaque told Miami Herald news partner CBS4: “He was a very generous person and a nice person and like my younger brother he is from the same village in Bangladesh. He was a very religious person and very friendly. It is very sad. It is very sad. These things happen but this is so unfortunate.”

“I can’t believe he was killed in a robbery in his own store,” Ali’s friend Joaquin Nieves said in a CBS4 broadcast. “He was a great guy. ... Please anyone who knows anything should speak up. This can’t happen.”

BSO spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said deputies were investigating the fatal shooting.

According to Parkland Talk, Ali, a native of Bangladesh, lived in Parkland’s Meadow Run community with his wife Farhana and their four children.

BSO has not released a description of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Homicide Detective James Hayes at 954-321-4231. Or contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

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