MOUNT DORA, Fla. - Friends of a beloved Mount Dora couple killed during a robbery gathered on Saturday for a cook-out to honor their memory.
A party was held at the T&N Market on North Grandview Street, the convenience store owned by the victims, 47-year-old Minh Nguyen and 56-year-old Khiem Ba Trinh.
Police said that the couple, known as Tina and Ken in their community, were shot multiple times during an armed robbery at the store on Monday night. Tina died at the scene. Ken passed away days later in the hospital. The suspect remains on the run.
Family members are trying to make sense of why this happened.
"If they want money, then just take it. Why do they have to kill them? They’re parents and they have kids. That makes me so angry," said Tina's cousin, Mai Reynolds.
The suspect in the shooting remains at-large, but police have charged one person with providing false information to law enforcement officers.
Investigators with the Mount Dora Police Department said Undrea Dixon, 32, provided a sworn statement to detectives stating that she had entered the store on the night of the shootings and “saw nothing.” Detectives said it was later discovered that she entered the store after the shootings, saw and heard the victims in distress, and left the store to return home.
"Dixon made no effort to render aid or summon for medical assistance. Dixon returned to the scene the night of the incident where she was recognized by investigators," read a statement from Mount Dora spokesperson Lisa McDonald.
Investigators said they saw Dixon on video surveillance enter the store and leave moments later. Dixon provided the sworn statement to detectives that evening.
Dixon was taken into custody and transported to the Lake County Jail.
The party in Tina and Ken's honor will be held in front of the store.
"Everybody knew them. Everybody’s going to be here."
The reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect is now up to $10,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
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