Owner, family killed inside W. Phila grocery store

WEST PHILADELPHIA - September 6, 2011

It happened at Lorena's Grocery, a store on the 800 block of North 50th Street.

Police say that shortly after 8:00 p.m., two men entered the store and announced a robbery.

"Right now it is believed that they did not resist at all, it's just an all out assasination," said Captain James Clark.

The gunmen shot the owner, Porfirio Nunez, in the front of the store.

Shortly after, the suspects then went into the back of the store and shot his wife, Johana Duran, and Nunez's sister, Lina Sanchez .

Sources tell Action News that the owner was armed but no word on whether he attempted to use his weapon.

All three victims were rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where they were pronounced dead.

The family had owned Lorena's Grocery for about 10 years and neighbors say they were a generous family who'd help those in need.

"These people were really nice people. They always gave to the neighborhood, like if you needed something they were there," said neighbor Dorothy Mickens.

Police are looking at surveillance video from a nearby Chinese store to get a better look at the suspects.

One of the suspects was described as an African-American male in his 20s, about 5'4" tall, with a stocky build. The second suspect was described as an African-American male in his 30s.

Both were last seen wearing black shirts and black baseball hats.

Anyone with information is urged to immediately contact police.

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