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Police investigate the scene at Grace Deli on H Street NE, where deli owner June Lim was found dead early this morning. 
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Police investigate the scene at Grace Deli on H Street NE, where deli owner June Lim was found dead early this morning. 

Police are investigating the death of a woman in a deli in the H Street neighborhood this morning. The woman has been identified as the owner of the store, June Lim, 65. 

An employee of the Grace's Deli at 7th and H streets NE found Lim unconscious shortly after 6 a.m. today, police responded a short time later and determined she was dead. Police are investigating Lim's death as a homicide, NBC Washington reports. 

Family members of Lim — who was sometimes called "Grace" by customers due to the deli's name — were at the scene after hearing the news; Lim's son Peter identified his mother to police. 

The family is in shock, Peter Lim says. "Just complete shock. My sister, my wife and I, when we think about it, or mention it, we all just kind of break down" Lim says. "If anybody has any kind of information to offer, we really need help. Since I've been here, I've had so many people come up to me, offering their condolences." 

Passersby and regular customers stopped to pay condolences and remember a woman who always had what they were looking for. One of them told NBC Lim would often let customers pay her back later if they didn't have cash on them when they went in to buy something. 

"She's a nice lady, she was just making money for a living, she has bills to pay," another Grace's Deli customer told WAMU. "It's unbelievable."

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