HANOVER, Md. (WNEW) — More than three dozen people attended a vigil Monday evening in Anne Arundel County for a gas station clerk who was shot and killed earlier this month.
The group of nearly 40 people remembered and honored Rajinder Kumar, 49, who was gunned down during an Aug. 7 robbery of the Exxon Gas Station he worked on Ridge Road in Hanover. Organizers handed out fliers with surveillance photos of the suspect and spread information about fundraisers for Kumar’s family.
Police don’t have an identity on the suspect but are hoping a $27,000 reward will help solve the case.
Bishop Abraham Shanklin, president of the United Christian Clergy Alliance of Anne Arundel County, spoke at the vigil and urged the unidentified suspect to come forward.
“…and I’m saying to the man who did this horrific crime: We’re going to be relentless. We’re not going to stop until you are found,” Shanklin said. “We want you to know today that the people are going to dime you out, the preachers are going to pray you out, and the police is going to pull you out. There will be no place that you’re going to be able to go and you’re going to be able to hide. You might have thought the hoodie hindered you, but in the end, whatever’s in the dark will come to light.”
Friends and community members already have raised enough money to return Kumar’s body to his family in his native India. They’re continuing to raise money to send to his family to help cover funeral costs. So far, organizers say they’ve raised about $6,000 extra, but are hoping for at least $10,000.
Maninder Chahal, Kumar’s former roommate, told WNEW’s Cameron Thompson that the home is lonely now that Kumar is gone.
“I talk to his family every day, pretty much,” Chahal said. “I mean, his wife, his children, and I talk to them every day pretty much. They’re doing OK, but I mean, you know this is really tough time for them that, whatever just happened over there. It shouldn’t happen like that.”
Nabeel Malik, owner of the Exxon, said he’s taking it “day-by-day” and hoping the man responsible for Kumar’s death will be found.
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