Education fund extends store owner's legacy

Posted March 17, 2011 2:41 p.m. EDT
Updated March 17, 2011 6:47 p.m. EDT

— The family of a convenience store owner shot as he locked up his store has established a fund in his name to help his daughters achieve the education they say he valued so much.

Jeanine Soufan, 19, said her father, Rafiq Salim Soufan, known as "Sammy," emphasized education to her and her sisters, ages 8, 13 and 18. She is a graduate of Rocky Mount Academy and her three sisters are still students there. 

The fund, at RBC Bank, will help her sisters complete their education, she said.

Donations can be directed to:

Soufan Family Fund
RBC Bank
2340 Sunset Avenue
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
M-C 000-005-0100

Sammy Soufan, 47, was found lying in the doorway of the store, at 1100 Old Wilson Road, after midnight on March 8, police said.

Authorities are looking for two or three people who are possibly driving a four-door, older model, gray Toyota Camry or black or gray Chevrolet Caprice with three hubcaps and one black steel rim.

Capt. Laura Fahnestock of the Rocky Mount Police Department said they have not ruled out robbery as a possible motive. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.