Hundreds rally for justice after store owner killed

Hundreds rally on the 600 block of McKinnie Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Hundreds of people held a protest on Fort Wayne’s southeast side Wednesday afternoon. They’re looking for justice, after someone shot a small business owner Monday evening.

They want to get authorities’ attention, saying the latest victim was important to a lot of people.  The group urged police to solve this homicide, and keep small business owners safer.

Moath Nassir, 21, was shot outside his business, Big Al’s Convenience Store, on McKinnie Avenue.  Police think a robbery was the motive. He died Tuesday morning.

Many of the people who came out to protest were business owners themselves. They own gas stations, grocery stores, mini markets, and restaurants in the community and had just come from Nassir’s funeral.

“They (the protesters) came here because they really love him. He was a really good guy,” said Ali Nassir, Moath’s brother. “I hope they can find the killer and they get what they deserve.”

Hameed Salih organized the protest and is a friend of the victim. He said, “We all have to work together to stop those crimes. [They’re] crimes affecting all of us. It’s affecting Fort Wayne. We need safer life in this city.”

There are security cameras outside the convenience store where Nassir was shot. The building’s landlord said he’s not sure if they recorded the crime.

Friends say Nassir also owned the Variety and Tobacco Discount store at Lafayette and Rudisill.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (260) 436-STOP. Tips can remain anonymous.

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