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Family offers $10,000 reward in southside murder case

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

There's serious cash for anyone who can help police catch the killer of a southside convenience store owner. In November, 59-year-old Mohammad Taib was shot inside the Food Mart on Erich road. 

It's been more than two months, and police have made no arrests. NBC12 spoke to family members who are offering $10,000 for anyone who can help investigators. Police say they'll be out generating new leads. Thursday, they plan on canvassing the neighborhood around Food Mart - passing out flyers and talking to neighbors trying to get to the bottom of this case. 

Everyday Sheroz Khan is reminded of his father's death. Even though he can't undo the murder, he wants whoever is responsible behind bars.  

"To catch this guy would be a big relief," said Khan. "It would give us some closure."

Khan also hopes catching the killer will discourage others from targeting the store. He says the food mart has been robbed at least nine times in the last 17 years.  

Michael Condrey and his friend were the first people to find Mr. Taib the morning of his death.  

"We thought maybe he had to go to the back to get something," said Condrey. "We got our stuff and put it on the counter. I noticed the register was open. The guy that was with me that did CPR climbed over the counter. He saw the guy laying there holding his heart. He thought he was having a heart attack. When he climbed over and started giving him CPR, he noticed his chest bleeding.  

Shortly after Taib's death, police released surveillance video from the parking lot - images taken around the time of the murder. Police encourage anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact them. 

"In the meantime, the family is working under increased security including a brand new glass barrier to discourage people from coming over from the other side, and to prevent them from reaching the cash register so easily.  

While tighter security may discourage criminals from hitting again, Khan hopes the cash reward will encourage others to come forward. 

"I just hope that with the money in place people will be more willing to talk and help," Khan added. "It's a push to get it jump started." 

The $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can help lead to an arrest and conviction of the killer. If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or detective James Baynes at 646-3617.

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