Puerto Rico, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 2008|
Jose owned and ran a neighborhood grocery store called "Gonzalez Grocery" in Lorain,Ohio.
On Jan.25,2008, a thug named Decio G. Rodrigues, came into the store with a crow bar and wanted money.
When Mr. G. refused to give him money Rodrigues went to hit Mr. G. with the crow bar and Mr. G. grabbed the bar and pushed the thug to the floor behind the counter.
While on the floor the thug saw a gun under the counter and grabbed it, shooting Mr. G. 3 to 4 times in the chest.
He opened the cash register and took the money, ran out, leaving Mr. G. there to die.
As the thug ran out the Allied Waste Co. was picking up the trash and saw him running. They called 911 and Lorain Police were there in minutes, but Mr. G. had died.
The thug was on the run for 1 day when they saw him walking down Broadway Ave. He saw them and ran, but the U.S.Marshall's were on his tail.
They got him at someone's house with a large amount of money on him. He is in jail now.
Mrs. G. and her 4 grown children went to his hearing and the thug saw them in the first 2 rows. He asked to be removed from the court room because he feared for his life....aaawwwww...the S.O.B.
There was a public viewing for Mr. G. and thousands of town residents came to see him.
The next day he was flown to Puerto Rico and buried as he had wished.
People came by the hundreds to leave candles and stuffed animals outside of his store. Many posted notes on the store walls.
There was also a candle light vigil in the stores parking lot.
On Feb.8th, 2008 Mrs. Gonzalez reopened her husbands store with the help of the oldest son, Jose Gonzalez Jr. by her side.
The mood inside was quiet and respectful as the customers came back. Mrs. G. said that it is what her husband would want her to do.
Cause of death...Store robbery, shot by his own gun.
Cementerio Municipal de Coamo
Puerto Rico, USA
Created by: Sara L. Scarvelli..Lorai...
Record added: Feb 13, 2008
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