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Laplace community mourns loss of store owner


LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - Dozens turned out for a prayer vigil in Laplace honoring the victims of a deadly armed robbery. Meanwhile, the St. John Parish Sheriff's Office continues to hunt down leads in the case.

Tears fell on so many faces. Some are friends, some relatives and some perfect strangers all united by the violence that rocked this community Tuesday. Resident Craig Reed says, "I'm still at a loss for words, I really am. I can still hear his voice. He was a great guy, he really was."

Steven Finckbeiner, 63, was shot to death inside his store. His wife, Connie, was wounded. Investigators say two men, shown in surveillance footage, went to the feed store asking about shots for their dogs. They were denied service but soon returned.

One of the men made off with the cash register, which is still missing.

At the vigil Wednesday night, Pastor Donald August said, "When things like this begin to happen, then there's a saying that all it takes is for good people to not say anything is for evil to take rule."

The community members who gathered Wednesday say they won't let evil win. The Finckbeiner's son thanked the crowd of supporters and reassured them he won't let this horrible crime destroy everything his parents worked for.

"You do a great honor to my mother and father, especially my father," says Steven Finckbeiner Jr. "They were here for 28 years, and I think the best way to make sure that what they did was not in vain is what we're going to do tomorrow, and we're going to open that door and we're going to be open for business."

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