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Suspect's sister speaks out on teen's arrest


A teenager was arrested Tuesday night, charged with killing an eastern Henrico store owner. 19-year-old Jamon Burroughs is in custody after being arrested at a home on Howard Street.

24 hours ago, dozens of mourners held a vigil in memory of the fallen store owner. Little did they know, just a mile away, police were making an arrest.

The warrant says the teenager "deliberately" killed the clerk. Now he is charged with first-degree murder - but Burroughs' relatives say the teen they know would never come to this store to kill anyone.

When we arrived to 19-year-old murder suspect Jamon Burrough's home, we didn't know what to expect. We rang the door bell and as we waited, a woman identifying herself as Burrough's sister spoke to us behind the door.

"I don't think my brother did this… he's not into that type of stuff," she said.

But police say otherwise.

"We had some great surveillance footage. We had video. We also had some pictures that we received from the store," said Lt. Linda Toney.

She said officers took those photos to the streets, where the community helped them pinpoint the alleged shooter. At a vigil Tuesday night, dozens of people showed their support outside the Expressway store, where owner Farooq Bhimidi was gunned down.

"People go there and meet each other. You may not know their name, but you know their face. It's like a store in the community on the corner," said customer Ollie Taylor. 

She knew Farooq for 15 years and recalls why so many people on the east end loved him.

"You couldn't even get out of the store without him cracking a joke…If you were a penny short, he'd say ‘put it back', not meaning it. He would say it in that tone, but he would still let you have it," Taylor explained.

All of those who showed their support are being thanked for helping police nab the suspect.

"We just need to thank the community for what they've done to help us with our investigative efforts on this arrest," Toney said.

It's an arrest his family says they just don't agree with.

"He wouldn't hurt a fly….we're going to support him regardless," the relative said.

When it comes to this quick arrest, in this case, Frank Thornton with the Board of Supervisors said "It shows the community we don't tolerate this type of violence."

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