Community supports family of murdered DC store owner

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- One week since a local store owner in Northwest was killed after being brutally beaten and robbed, DC Police hope surveillance video will help them catch those responsible. While family and friends of 76-year-old James Oh say goodbye, the community where he worked is coming together to do what they can.

"He was just like a member of your family and when we heard this, right there at the office, we heard this and it was just like our relative passed," said Doctor Marilyn Corder, who works across the street from the Gold Corner market.

It's the same reaction most people have as they walk up to the memorial at the market where James Oh and his wife were beaten and robbed on July 4th. Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the store, robbed them and beat them. James later died from his injuries.

"He would give you anything you needed. If you didn't have money he would say, 'it's OK, go ahead,'" remembers Dr. Corder.

"He was very helpful with elderly people who came here," says Donald Siles. "He helped them [to get fed], I heard recently he bought a big screen TV so they can come over here and have fun."

Vanessa Terry, another regular, remembers game days at the Gold Corner. "I [used to] come up here during football season, watch the game, shoot the breeze. It hurts to know someone did this," said Terry.

Now, the community he cared for, for so many years, is hoping they can help his family. An online fundraiser on is up to help pay for his funeral expenses. Donations are already pouring in, not a surprise, given the obvious impact James had on those who knew him.

"It's just so hard to put into words, I'm going to miss him," says Terry. "He loved everybody and everybody loved him. That's why I don't understand [how] anyone could do this to him," says another customer.

James is survived by his wife and daughter. Friends of the family say they don't know if the store will ever reopen.

Follow this link to donate to the fundraiser:

DC Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


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