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Death of Easy-Way co-owner ruled as suicide

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Aside from being respected in the business community, Carter was a driving force behind a project to provide fresh produce to needy neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food. Aside from being respected in the business community, Carter was a driving force behind a project to provide fresh produce to needy neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food.
The death of a beloved grocery story co-owner was ruled as a suicide by the medical examiner, the Memphis police director revealed Friday. The death of a beloved grocery story co-owner was ruled as a suicide by the medical examiner, the Memphis police director revealed Friday.
David Carter, 57, died at the East-Way Distribution Center Monday morning. David Carter, 57, died at the East-Way Distribution Center Monday morning.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The death of a beloved grocery story co-owner was ruled as a suicide by the medical examiner, the Memphis police director revealed Friday.

David Carter, 57, died at the East-Way Distribution Center Monday morning. At the time it appeared a robber followed him inside and shot him. He was found with a single gunshot wound in the chest by another employee later that morning.

Employees found two open safes inside the business; files in an office were overturned and scattered.

Investigators discovered part of this incident was recorded in surveillance video. They determined Carter entered the business by himself and then deactivated the alarm system. Video shows Carter was alone until employees arrived and found his body.

"We've literally spent a lot of hours just making sure we covered all our bases and at this point. All of the evidence supports our findings that this is a suicide," said MPD Director Toney Armstrong.

His wife Karen Carter and family have requested that their privacy be considered.

"We choose to celebrate how David lived and remember the legacy of the love that he leaves behind," said Karen.

Aside from being respected in the business community, Carter was a driving force behind a project to provide fresh produce to needy neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food.

Easy-Way stores across the Mid-South closed Thursday to remember Carter. Hundreds of friends, family, and employees showed up to say goodbye to him at First Presbyterian Church in Hernando.

"To our friends, Easy-Way and the community, we are all devastated by this tragedy and we, David's family, ask that everyone respect our privacy at this time and please keep us all in your prayers," said family member Brian Carter.

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