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Police: KC gas station employee shot, killed during robbery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police want to know who shot and killed a worker at a gas station early Monday morning.

The shooting happened before 4 a.m. during a robbery at the Inner City Oil Station at 59th Street and Swope Parkway.

Police say a customer walked into the gas station just after 4 a.m. and found the only worker dead on the floor inside.

Police say the gas station attendant had been shot during a robbery of the business.

Relatives of the 33-year-old victim tell FOX 4 that they worried about him working the overnight shift, which they believe can be dangerous.

Although the man's name has not yet been released by police, family members say he was hard working, engaged to be married, and the father of three children.

"They are being strong right now but it’s hard," said Angela Fuller, the victim's godmother. "It's very hard you know, to lose a loved one. It's a deep pain. It’s a deep pain that no one can really describe unless you’ve been through it. It’s a deep hurt. We are asking everyone who knows a word of prayer to pray for the family."

Relatives tell FOX 4 that they believe the gas station does have surveillance video and they're hoping that will help detectives identify a suspect.

They are also urging anyone who may have seen or heard anything near the gas station during the overnight hours to call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS or the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime (816) 861-5500.

Family members also are complaining about the business, saying this is not the first time it's been the scene of a crime. And some relatives say the neighborhood might be better off if the station closed.

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