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Owner killed in Oxford convenience store shooting

Posted September 26, 2013

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— The owner of an Oxford convenience store was shot and killed Wednesday night in an apparent robbery, according to the Granville County Sheriff's Office.

A customer discovered the body of Musleh Mohamed Qayed, 49, shortly before 9 p.m. at the Family Market on U.S. Highway 15. Kuayed had been shot in the chest with a shotgun, according to Sheriff Brindell Wilkins.

The shooter left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, and the sheriff's office said robbery appears to be the motive. 

No suspects have been identified or arrested. Investigators spent Wednesday night and Thursday canvassing the area, including a mobile home park across the road from the store. 

The store did not have a working surveillance camera system. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 919-693-3213. 

People who regularly stopped at the store said Qayed went out of his way to brighten their day.

"He was really sweet. He was a really nice man," said Cassandra Ward. 

Oxford clerk shot Neighbors shocked after store owner killed in Oxford

"He was really a nice person," said Novella Williams. "I don't know if anyone could say anything bad about him."

Tarsha Hook, who lives next door to the Family Market, said she was shocked by Qayed's death. 

"I was like, are you serious? You've got to be kidding me. I just had left from over there not too long ago," Hook said. "It's sad."

Ward said she hopes the community will have answers soon.

"I really hope they catch whoever did it, I mean because he was too good of a person," she said. "He didn't deserve that at all."


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  • Lightfoot3 Sep 30, 2013

    "pump music over speakers right by the parking spaces" - sthiggs

    NO!!!!! I HATE places that pump music. I avoid them if I can. First of all, I can't hear the gas I'm pumping, but secondly I can't hear my surroundings and that makes me feel vunerable.

  • peace2u Sep 27, 2013

    What is wrong with people nowadays? How can they kill someone for a few dollars out of the register?!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 27, 2013

    I'm so sorry for those who loved him.

    The convenience store near us recently started staying open 24 hours. Instead of leaving the doors unlocked though, they're locked after 9pm, and you have to go to a small window with iron railing and tell the clerk what you want. They then go get it, ring it up, and hand it to you through the window. That's a smart move IMO. All convenience stores should do it to protect their employees after dark.

  • beachboater Sep 27, 2013

    Come on people. You know that the murdering robber was entitled to that money. And he grew up without a daddy raised by his grandmother because his mother was in prison on prostitution and drug charges. And he was drug into gangs and stuff.

    Yet there are no telling how many lawyers that would make arguments like those to try to get the bad guy off.

    This country is getting to the point that you may need to have a permit NOT to carry. If everyone had a gun and everyone knew everyone had a gun, there would be far fewer robberies and home invasions.

  • ecu4me2 Sep 27, 2013

    Not the usual gun of choice. Local person high on drugs or someone with personal issue...

  • sthiggs Sep 27, 2013

    If stores want to get rid of the riff raff...pump music over speakers right by the parking spaces...maybe some nice classical...Barney...I love you..you love me... This type tactic worked well in Portsmouth Va. Seven Eleven...

  • stanleygstevens2 Sep 27, 2013

    Had the murderer shot him with a pistol in the arm or leg or mid section that would be one thing,but a shotgun blast to the chest is beyond evil.My prayers to the family, especially any children involved.

  • rmsmith Sep 27, 2013

    No gun law would of prevented this. Too bad the owner was not armed. Maybe he would of at least had a chance

  • theendoftheroad Sep 27, 2013

    Wowie Justic4All, I totally see how the shooting in Charlotte made some local druggie shoot a shop owner... makes perfect sense... NOT ! Not sure you have seen this trailer park, those folks don't read the newspaper ( umm, ours only comes out twice a week here in Otown) and I am sure IF they have cable I am sure they are not watching the news and processing how to kill a nickel and dime shoppe owner in the middle of no where for not much cash....sheesh...

  • 678devilish Sep 27, 2013

    I hope and pray that they catch this murder (ers) before he/they strikes again. These stores need to see how dangerous it is staying open late hours even 9 p.m. Try closing at 7 p.m. Think about the safety of the employee, yourself instead of lost money stolen. My condolences to the family, friends and customers in your loss.