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Police release surveillance photos of suspect involved in death of pawn shop owner

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During the investigation, surveillance video was found that showed a male entering the building, robbing and shooting Hean. During the investigation, surveillance video was found that showed a male entering the building, robbing and shooting Hean.
Police also say that the suspect left the scene in a red, four-door car. Police also say that the suspect left the scene in a red, four-door car.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Department released surveillance video and photos of the man suspected in the death of Lamar Avenue Pawn and Jewelry owner Virak Hean.

Investigators hope someone is able to recognize the suspect by seeing his clothing, the way he moves, anything that could help identify him.

When police arrived at the pawn shop, located in the 2300 block of Lamar, they found Hean, 56, shot. Memphis Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.

During the investigation, surveillance video was found that showed a man entering the building, robbing and shooting Hean.

Police also say that the suspect left the scene in a red, four-door car.

The 56-year-old's family is not alone in the plea for justice. The entire community wants to see justice served.

Kevin Gatewood is a loyal customer of Lamar Jewelry and Pawn.

"And me and my wife, every piece of jewelry we got, we got it from him," said Gatewood. "He's always smiling, you know. He's always smiling. It's just. I just been knowing him so long, just like a brother. We're a different color but we're all brothers here."

"I mean it's nonsense. It needs to stop. It really does. It just really needs to stop," said customer Lorene McNeil.

Lorene McNeil says she has had the same jewelry on layaway for seven months and that Hean never once hurried her into payment. His murder brought her to tears.

"I tossed and turned last night. Had little sleep," she said. "He was so awesome. And he will be missed. And my prayers goes out to his family."

A makeshift memorial is growing outside of the pawn shop.

"It's just sad. It's just senseless. Somebody that smiles every day like he does, turn out the next day and he's gone," said Gatewood. "You gotta come by and do something. It's just senseless."

A sign on the door says the pawn shop will be closed for a week.

If you know anything about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH or go to the Crime Stoppers website here: http://memphis.crimestoppersweb.com/

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