ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Dozens of people gathered on Friday to honor the life of 31-year-old Basil Hubble, who was shot and killed Wednesday night while working at the A & A Cash Market in northwest Roanoke.
According to police, 20-year-old Jamerius Crennell is being charged with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide from Wednesday, Sept. 29.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, family, friends, and community members gathered around the store where Hubble worked to light candles and pay tribute to him.
Store manager, Ayeda Sati, says she and her husband hired Hubble just 10 days ago.
“He was one of my employees, and that means a lot to lose one. I am so sad, and I am sorry that happened here,” said Sati.
According to Sati, she is heartbroken because before she hired him, he was a regular at the store. She described him as a friendly guy who would come in more than once a day, talking to people and buying snacks.
Just a few blocks away on Harrison Avenue, family members held a larger vigil at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Hubble’s best friend, who did not want to be named, says Hubble was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off of his back.
“If he didn’t have a job, he was up at the break of dawn; he was out working on cars; he was mowing lawns; he was doing anything he could to help out the neighborhood; to help out his family,” said Hubble’s uncle, Daniel Stallings.
Hubble leaves behind his 11-year-old daughter. Family members say this loss is a tragedy because he was the kindest person that you would ever meet.
“Roanoke is hurting. With everything that is going on, Roanoke is hurting. And I don’t want to give credence to the person who did this,” added Stallings.
Police say they are still investigating the homicide. Currently, they have no motive.
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