Cards, flowers and messages of support piled up outside Grace's Deli on H Street this week after news spread that its owner, June Lim, was killed in the deli Thursday.
D.C. police are looking for those responsible for an apparent robbery and murder of a popular deli owner in the Atlas neighborhood of Northeast D.C.
Normally the Grace Deli at 7th and H streets NE would be open promptly at 7 a.m., Its owner, 65-year-old June Lim, would be busy, bustling behind the counter, maybe extending a few dollars of credit to a customer who fell short on his or her purchase.
But this morning, gray steel shutters cover the front door, and signs saying, "Rest in Peace June," and "We will miss you," are posted there. Flowers dot the market's entryway.
Lim was murdered yesterday around 6:30 a.m. during a robbery attempt. She was about to retire to care for her new grandchild.
"It's hard, it's going to be hard for a while," her son, Peter Lim, said Thursday. "But we're really pleading with the community, if anyone has any kind of information to offer, we really need help."
Family, friends and customers of Lim will hold a candlelight vigil today at noon.