The investigation continues into the shooting that claimed the life of 38-year-old Shqair Shqair. The owner of Sabatino's Pizza died after an attempted robbery at the shop on Ballantyne Road in Syracuse. Our Candace Hopkins spoke with his family, who are still struggling to accept that their beloved father and brother is gone.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Shqair Shqair's family describes him as a hard working man, dedicated to building a good life for his family. They had come to the United States in 2009 from Palestine and had big dreams for their American life.
Shqair Shqair was nearing the end of his 18 hour day early Tuesday morning when a man burst into Sabatino's Pizza and Deli, demanding money. Police say Shqair tried to reason with him, but seconds later, he was shot and the suspect fled the scene. His family says there have been robberies at their business before, but they never expected anything like this.
"When I first heard about it, when they said there was a robbery, I wasn't thinking that he got shot, I thought they went to the store, took some money and left. Then later on, I got to the store, I found his blood all over the floor and he was going to the hospital, I was in shock," said Khalil Shqair, the victim's son.
Shqair leaves behind a wife, five children and a large extended family both here and in Palestine.
Wednesday morning, they gathered outside their side-by-side homes in Syracuse, trying to make sense of their loss.
"He was a hard working man, he works for his kids, his wife, for his family, friendly guy, you don't see a lot of problems from him, trying to make a living," said Jalal Shqair, the victim's brother.
Shqair's brother says his life was all about taking care of his loved ones, which pushed him to work relentlessly. Before he died, he was looking forward to visiting his family in Palestine.
Jalal Shqair said, "The day he passed away, he called his Dad overseas and he told him he want to go because the Arabic holiday is coming, he wanted to go there for 25 days, spend the holiday time with them and come back and that was his last wish."
And his children say they say they don't know how they will go on without the man who did everything for them.
"He was a really wonderful father, he always did whatever was asked by his kids, never said no to any of us and he always wanted the best for his kids," said Khalil Shqair.
While Shqair's family continues to mourn his death, his customers are also sharing in that sadness. At the pizza shop, they left cards, stuffed animals and candles at a makeshift memorial.
Meanwhile, police have appealed to the public's help in solving this case and Wednesday afternoon, investigators were back in this area searching for clues.