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Family of murdered store owner plans to reopen

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The family of a murdered Henrico store owner is planning to reopen the Expressway convenience store for the first time since the shooting.

It's been about a month since Farooq Bhimdi was shot and killed and this weekend, family members went inside the store on Mechanicville Turnpike for the first time, to spruce it up - adding a new coat of paint and more security cameras.

We caught up with the family and asked how they're doing.

"We were here all day yesterday from 8 am to 8 pm cleaning, painting - we're painting the outside today," said Bhimdi's daughter.

Hudaidah Bhimdi Ahmed, remembers going to see her father at the store growing up and says she's never been inside with the lights off and the store closed.

"I've always walked in with the lights on - people just talking laughing with my father and I know the minute I'd open the door my dad would look from the cash register and point and smile and say, ‘That's my daughter' and introduce me to everyone," she said.

The community reached out to the family with flowers and gifts, after the murder.

Since then, Bhimdi Ahmed has come back to the store with a new determination to reopen the place where her father worked and died.

"I feel his presence and I know he's going to be happy we're doing this and I hope we can do the same for the community...but it's a weird feeling to be here without him," said Bhimdi Ahmed.

The store will reopen Friday, March 1st.

Henrico police made an arrest in the case within 48 hours of the shooting.  Jamon Burroughs, 19, was charged with murder. Burroughs' family previously told us they were sorry for what he allegedly did.

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