BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A South Florida man was fatally shot Sunday night on his last day of work during a Boynton Beach liquor store robbery.
Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said Ali Arezoumandifar, 79, of Jupiter, was killed in a shooting at the Liquor Market on Congress Avenue.
Slater said a customer called police shortly after 8 p.m. upon finding Arezoumandifar dead on the floor.
Detectives learned that Arezoumandifar had recently sold the store and was continuing to work there to help the new owner get acclimated to the business. Arezoumandifar planned to retire at the end of Sunday night's shift.
Slater said there were surveillance cameras inside the store, but there was no video of the robbery. Detectives are trying to see if there is any surveillance video from neighboring businesses.
The same store was robbed less than a month ago. In the Oct. 27 robbery, Arezoumandifar told detectives that he was behind the counter when a masked man grabbed the scratch-off lottery ticket tray from the top of the counter and ran out of the store with it.
Arezoumandifar chased the robber, who got into a car and sped away. Arezoumandifar was injured trying to reach into the car as the robber put his foot on the gas pedal.
The same investigator who was assigned to Sunday's shooting also investigated the earlier robbery. He remembered telling Arezoumandifar that he shouldn't have chased the robber because his life is more valuable than any amount of money.
"From what I got to know, that's his personality," Detective Marco Villari said.
Family members said they had gathered for a surprise dinner to celebrate the occasion, but Arezoumandifar never made it home.
"He did not deserve the way he died," daughter Sohelia Marchal told reporters Monday.
Arezoumandifar's son, Alex Arezoumandifar, called his father a hard-working and good, decent man.
"He cared about the family all the time," Alex Arezoumandifar said.
The victim's family has set up a GoFundMe page to offer a reward to anyone who comes forward with information about the victim's killer.
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