BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Loved ones gathered outside the Edmonson Village Dollar General store Tuesday night where the manager was shot and killed in a robbery last week.
One man has been charged and police are searching for a second in the murder.READ MORE: National Weather Service: 13 Maryland Counties Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Friends and family gathered to pay respects to 54-year-old Deric Ford Sr, a well-respected member of the Edmondson community.
Surveillance video showed two men robbing the store he managed shortly before closing time on August 8.
Police have arrested and charged 27-year-old Michael Thompson with murder.READ MORE: High Court Marshal Seeks Enforcement Of Anti-Picketing Laws
“My father would not have wanted anybody to act out in hate and instead choose to love every person that you come into contact with the same way he did,” said Christopher Ford, the victim’s son. “So in my father’s memory, I will spend the rest of my life trying my best to positively influence everybody I come into contact with. We love you pops.”
Other speakers also appealed for an end to violence in Baltimore.
City police commissioner Kevin Davis called Ford’s murder an execution-style killing.
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