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Family makes plea to find killer

BELLE GLADE, FL (WFLX) Hundreds of people came together in the parking lot of Alabama Georgia Grocery Store in support of  Jimmy McMillan, who was gunned down earlier this week.

They were sporting red, symbolizing a plea to the community to stop the violence.
 
McMillan, 49, died after being shot by an attempted armed robber Monday morning at his grocery store in Belle Glade.
 
Since Monday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.
 
Jimmy's older sister Connie Deaton begged the community to talk to the sheriff's office and bring closure to her brother's death.
 
"I need the people in the community to listen to the talk on the street," Deaton said while her husband and Jimmy's son, Brandon, held her. "I want them to start the talk on the street and I want them to tell us the talk on the street. I want them to tell us who did this."
 
Deaton wore red just like most of her family and begged the community to find the man wearing a green and white plaid hoodie who entered the Alabama Georgia Grocery Store Monday morning.

 "Call us and tell us. Do it for Jimmy," Deaton cried. "Call us for this community. Call us before somebody else dies and call us and tell us because it's the right thing to do. He deserves justice and we won't stop until he gets it. "

A Facebook page made since McMillan's death asks the community to "Take Back Belle Glade" and at Thursday's gathering people were holding signs asking the community to "Stop the Violence. Start the Peace."

Hundreds from all different walks of life gathered in Jimmy's grocery store parking lot . They carried signs also urging an end to violence.

Jimmy's parents were grieving and still very shaken by the fact that someone would kill their son who was so loved in this community.

"49-year-old people are not suppose to die not like this," Jimmy's mom Linda cried. "You expect to lose your parents but you don't expect to lose your kids.  My husband thinks he should've been here and he would've been the one working that morning."
 
Jimmy acquired the store from his dad, Wilson, who used to be the owner.
 
If you have any information you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

An educational account has been established at the Bank of Belle Glade for the McMillan children. For more information call the Bank of Belle Glade at 561-996-6711.

McMillan's funeral, which is open to the public, will be held Friday at First Baptist Church in Belle Glade at 10 a.m.

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