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Son Takes Over Family Business for Slain Father

Posted November 5, 2007

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— Inside Bobby's Grocery store, it might look like business as usual. But in a tiny room in the back, a young medical student is overseeing the daily operations.

"When I was in med school, I thought it was very difficult and challenging," Khurram Tariq said. "But now, that I'm in this situation, I think med school was a piece of cake. It was nothing."

Tariq, 24, graduated this year from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was in his first semester at medical school in Grenada. He put school on hold, however, and returned home to work in the store where his dad was shot to death.

"I just think that God put me into it, and he'll help me out of it," Tariq said.

Tariq's father, Tariq Hussain, was found dead Oct. 14. Police have since been searching for his killer, setting up checkpoints, canvassing neighborhoods and asking anyone who was at the store prior to the crime or who knows anything about it to contact police at 919-890-3555.

Raleigh police said they are making progress in the case, but they do not have anyone in custody and do not have any suspects. The store's surveillance camera captured an image of the assailant, but his face is covered.

"It's very difficult for them. It's more like looking for a needle in a haystack," Tariq said.

Tariq said it is now his turn to give back to his family by taking over for his father.

"He worked very hard for us," he said. "He worked, and he never complained."

"Even when he was alive, I used to tell a lot of people that he's a much better person than I am," he added.

Tariq said he hopes to go back to medical school in January. He said that is what his father would have wanted.


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  • brassy Nov 6, 2007

    "They raise their families in utmost respect and love. If only Caucasians would learn something from people with this brotherly love."

    So....caucasians don't love their families? What planet are you from?

  • Autumn Nov 6, 2007

    This is a touching story indeed. This fine young man obviously learned from his father's good morals. I haven't heard if he left a wife behind as well. If so, then it would probably be completely in character for their culture for this young man to also want to come back to look after his mother.

  • beachgirl Nov 6, 2007

    ladyblue: what's up with that comment directed towards "White People"????

  • ptahandatum Nov 6, 2007

    Yep, Zeus has indeed blessed this man and his family. They have a lot to be thankful for.

  • Iron Man Nov 6, 2007

    There would be no violence and/or immorality if the world was filled with the character of these gentlemen. They are a credit to all man kind.

  • haggis basher Nov 6, 2007

    Hope he gets back to medical School. It would be sad to see someone have to give up his dreams because of one moronic thug.

  • Adelinthe Nov 6, 2007

    What a tragedy when hard working folks meet subhumans and are killed.

    But this man raised a fine son, and I am sure he is looking down upon his family with pride and love.

    Praying for them all.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • dmccall Nov 6, 2007

    Oh, I see from a previous article:
    Bobby’s Grocery at 3114 Garner Road. Here's a map link:


  • dmccall Nov 6, 2007

    Where is the store? I want to go buy something and possibly meet this fine person. Sad story, but a touching one, too.

  • ladyblue Nov 6, 2007

    I worked with people from India for several years. They are brethren community. They raise their families in utmost respect and love. If only Caucasians would learn something from people with this brotherly love. Him giving up his medical training does not surprise me in the least. They are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met and have not met one who isn't hard working and believes that education is the top of the list so yes this young man made the utmost sacrifice for his family. May his medical dreams also be accomplished when this commitment is over.