I don’t cover crime or shootings as a rule in this blog, but I must comment on Brother Fareed’s murder at the Sunoco A+ on 9th and Kerlin.
Every now and then, there is a murder in Chester that affects us all whether we know the victim or not. Little kids, innocent bystanders, and people inside of their homes getting shot from stray bullets coming from the outside, are murders that galvanize us all.
Everybody goes to the Sunoco A+ on 9th and Kerlin and it’s not because the have the cheapest gas in town (which they normally do). It’s because the owners have become like brothers to the many customers who shop there.
They’re open almost 24 hours a day providing a service to everyone who needs anything from a gallon of gas, a pack of squares, a cup of coffee, a roll of toilet paper, a gallon of milk, candy and gum, a Daily Times, or an ATM machine.
The store is always fully stocked with the stuff people buy in this community. The store is always clean despite the tremendous foot traffic. The staff is always fast and courteous to us customers.
About the only flaw is that their gas pumps don’t all accept credit/debit cards, which obviously doesn’t drive away business as hundreds of gas customers per day come inside and are forced to deal with the owners face to face.
Fareed and I always have a fun exchange every time I purchase something there. Just yesterday, on my way to work, I stopped for a bag of Herr’s and a bean pie.
When Fareed tells me the total, I tell him I can’t afford it while handing him the money. Then, he always says to me , ‘You’ll be able to afford it one day.’
Based on the number of people who drove up, walked up, and slowed down while driving by, so many of us are devastated by the murder of Brother Fareed.
He was like a Brother to so many of us.