ATLANTA - Clayton County police are looking for leads in the slaying of an Atlanta Store owner gunned down as he unloaded groceries in his own driveway.
A few miles away, dozens of customers gathered outside the Metropolitan Food Mart, honoring the store owner they said would have given you anything he had, and often times did.
"I love him like a dad, and I got a Dad," said Mardravious Obie as he lifted a candle toward the dark sky.
Customers and friends believe Balde was followed from the store Tuesday by someone who knew he'd likely be carrying money. Police are not commenting.
Customer and friend Yulinda Dunlap said Balde kept an open tab for anyone who needed food but couldn't pay immediately.
"All you had to do if it was about money problems, he would have gave you the money," she said.
"If you needed anything he would always try to uplift you," customer Arnold Harris said as he stood in front of the closed store.
Mourners had left several balloons and candles in memory of the man they said ran a small store that made a big impact in the neighborhood.
"So whoever did this, please turn yourself in, because you are going to be dealt with. Not only again did you take him, but you took from this community, you took from this community," Dunlap said.