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Three killed in overnight murders, including store clerk

OKLAHOMA CITY- A violent night in the metro left three men dead, including a beloved convenience store clerk.

It started around 9 p.m. Tuesday night when police found a man dead at a home on SE 55th St.

They were able to identify that man as 57-year-old James Canaday.

A half hour later, officers were called to a different home on N. Military and found a teenager on the floor.

They rushed 17-year-old Davion Thompson to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Then around 11 p.m., a customer walked into a convenience store near N.W. 63rd and Broadway Extension and found the store clerk dead.

The news was shocking to those who considered 62-year-old Habib Hajimirzaei a friend.

Malik Rashad said, “It’s very sad because he’s a good person.”

Robert Watson said, “He’s a good dude, a real good dude.”.

Both of those men visited the store nearly every day.

Customers of the 4 Seasons say the murder is like losing one of their own.

Rashad said, “He’s like one of the family in our community and I’m shocked.”

Habib had even earned a friendly nickname from those who visited the station.

Corey Thomas said, “We called him Mr. Nice Guy, that was his name. It’s sad man.”

Since so many people knew Habib, most think the killer didn’t come from any of the nearby neighborhoods.

Rashad said, “It has to be someone not from around here because everyone in our neighborhood knows Habib.  He’s a good guy.”

The victim’s family politely declined to talk about the death.

For their part, police may be able to use surveillance video from the store to help catch the killer.

So far, they don’t know who’s to blame or why.

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “Our investigators are going to follow up on every possible lead and determine what the motive was and who the suspect is.”

No arrests have been made in any of the cases and there’s no suspect information at this time.