Community mourns after brutal Germantown murder

August 20, 2008 8:50:32 PM PDT
The stuffed animals near the bright yellow crime tape offer only a glimpse of a brutal killing. Fahkur Uddin, 20, was found dead in his family's store. Police say he was bound with duct tape, and shot execution style.

Police believe robbery was the motive.

Uddin's lifeless body was found just after 10:30 Wednesday morning after his father asked a security guard to check on the store. It's believed Uddin may have just opened the store when he was ambushed by one or two suspects.

"My heart is broken," said Syed Alam, Uddin's father. "He is my oldest son."

Police believe the motive was robbery. An undisclosed amount of money was gone from the cash register. Friends said there probably wasn't much cash to take as the family was known to give away items from a store that sold everything from t-shirts, to beads and other trinkets.

"I just knew he was a nice guy. He always looked out for me," said friend Kenny Mohammad. "I would go into the store. He'd give me a t-shirt whenever I needed it."

Friends said Uddin graduated from University High and left community college recently to help his family run the store.

"We are losing the best young boy in our community and we are shocked hearing this news," said Uddin's uncle, Kabir Hassain.

Family friends told Action News Uddin is the oldest of four children and that he will likely be buried in Bangladesh.

Police won't say if there's surveillance from the store or the block.

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