MADERA ACRES, Calif. - It's been more than 24 hours since a young clerk was shot and killed during a robbery at Madera convenience store. The victim's employer and friends say his name is Dharam Jassar. His killers remain on the loose.
Jassar was shot and killed by masked robbers Monday night just before 11 P.M according to investigators. Two suspects entered The Tackle Box gas station and mini mart on Road 26 firing several shots at Jassar.
A familiar face no longer smiling back at customers of The Tackle Box. Dharam Jassar now remembered with flowers and candles.
"He's really friendly. He's a nice guy. He would never hurt anybody," said longtime customer Melanie Serros.
Serros says she saw Jassar on Monday evening hours before investigators say two masked robbers shot and killed him before stealing cash and cigarettes.
"We have every confidence in the law enforcement that they're gonna do their job and find out who did this and make them pay for it," said Pete Nijjar, the owner's son.
Nijjar and employees arrived at The Tackle Box on Tuesday, mourning Jassar's death along with the Sikh community who doesn't believe the suspects murdered Jassar because of his religious background.
"Speaking to Madera Sheriff's Department, they said this was not a hate crime," said Ike Grewal of the Sikh Council of Central California Fresno.
Across the street, a 76 gas station employee claims he knew Jassar as a hard working young man who moved to the U.S. from India for a better education, studying at Fresno State.
"He had been working for three months or maybe four months ago. He gave me a ride from here to Fresno," said Gaurav Taak.
Serros says Jassar recently told her about his trip to Australia and his love for photography. An innocent man now a victim of gun violence.
"I mean, they had no reason to kill him. No reason," said Serros.
If you want to donate to Jassar's funeral service, here is the link the GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/veers-memorial-fund