Kingsburg Robbery & Murder Investigation

April 10, 2009 7:36:46 PM PDT
South Valley investigators are hoping a 10 thousand dollar reward will help them catch the gunman responsible for killing a convenience store clerk.Investigators are hoping pictures of the suspects' car will help them track down the killer.

Nearly a week after Gurtaj Nahal - or TJ as everyone called him -- died during a store robbery, the owners have changed the name from "Super Stop" to "TJ's Mart."

Family members and investigators say they will not stop until they find the person responsible for his death.

Flowers and candles still adorn the front of the super stop convenience store, now named "TJ's Mart."

R.J. Nagra said, "All these is his friends all customers 700 customers coming in the store he knew everyone's names why there names and everybody loved him."

Nagra says their family is mourning a man they loved. He says TJ worked long hours at the convenience store, always doing more than he was asked. Eventually, TJ was going to buy the store. He was planning to get married in India this year.

Last Saturday, TJ was robbed at gunpoint while he was working at the store. The robber took $200 and on his way out shot him in the chest. These surveillance photos show the suspect wearing sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt.

"The clerk was absolute no threat to him when he killed him," said Sheriff Bill Wittman.

On Friday, Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman announced that $10-thousand dollars has been raised - through local donations and a secret witness program - to reward anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the arrest of the suspects.

"How outraged we are at the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, such a senseless killing and how outraged the community is," said Sheriff Bill Wittman.

Sheriff's officials also released new surveillance pictures of the suspect's car leaving the scene-- an older model red convertible.

"It's a unique vehicle as far as we're concerned it's a real faded red with a black faded convertible top," said Sheriff Bill Wittman.

So far investigators haven't received any substantial leads. Family members hope someone comes forward soon.

Friends and customers will be holding a candle light vigil here at the store at 7-pm Saturday.

TJ's funeral will be next week in Fresno.

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