Loved ones remember victim of robbery attempt

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Family and friends of the victim in Monday’s attempted armed robbery came together to remember him Tuesday. Police said a man shot and killed Antonio Lopez Nino as he tried to rob him at his store, the Smoke House Tobacco Outlet on Lafayette Street.

Tuesday, family, friends and customers are returning to the store that they said made him so happy.

Nino was a husband, a father, a brother and a good samaritan.

“He was a great guy, one of the best men I knew,” said Jose Nino, Antonio’s brother.

Family and friends returned to Antonio Nino’s store, the Smoke House Tobacco Outlet.

“I know this store made him happy and he was a hard working man,” said Nino.

Some family members and those close to him put up signs. Anthony Cronin held one that asked drivers to honk if they missed him.

“Antonio was the kind of guy where if you didn’t have it, he’d give it to you, he just was a happy go lucky guy,” said Cronin, a family member of Nino.

People also put up a memorial.

It all started yesterday morning, around the same time he opened for business every day. Police said a customer spotted Nino down inside. Around 9:30, police pulled up and found him in critical condition.

“I just don’t know why this is happening,” said Nino.

He later died at the hospital from being shot.

“It just floored me,” said Patricia Overholt, a long-time customer at Smoke House Tobacco Outlet.

Police need your help finding the suspect. Investigators said he was wearing a two-toned grey and black jacket. He was also wearing a red ball cap, with some type of emblem on it.

“He didn’t have to kill him man he would have gave you the money and let you go,” said Cronin.

People in the neighborhood said they won’t forget Nino.

“I remember when he opened and had almost nothing and he really built up the store and really built up a lot of patrons,” said Overholt.

“Antonio deserves justice and that was a very selfish act and it affected a lot of people,” said Christine Vallejo, a family member.

“If I had a car, I’d definitely be honking. I will miss him, we all will,” said Overholt.

A candlelight vigil is being held at 7 p.m.



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