MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A teenager is in custody for what police are calling a senseless murder of a convenience store clerk after a robbery.
A memorial lines the side of GI’s Market in Midwest City to honor and remember a life that was taken too soon.
"It's crushing. You look at all his friends, all his family, everybody that loves him - we're all dying inside. It's not fair,” said Laura Stukes, a frequent customer of GI’s.
33-year-old Salman Tahir, also known as Sam, was working at GI’s last Saturday when 17-year-old Samuel Myers allegedly came in and demanded money.
"He was not resistant. He had his hands up. He opened the cash register up as he came in,” said Chief Brandon Clabes with the Midwest City Police Department.
After getting about $200 in cash, police said Myers shot the surveillance monitor then allegedly turned the gun on Tahir, shooting him in the back.
Tahir was found by a customer and died at the hospital.
One week later, police arrested Myers at a relative’s home in Oklahoma City.
"It is a huge sigh of relief that Myers has been apprehended," Clabes said. "This was a team effort, and special thanks goes to the United States Marshall's task force, Oklahoma City Police Department, our investigators and street crimes unit, the media and the public in bringing this violent offender to justice."
Community members said this has really shocked the Midwest City community and this arrest gives those who knew and loved Tahir some closure.
"Sam had a big heart. He loved everyone. He'd walk in every day, he knew who you were, knew what you were there for. He always greeted you with a smile,” said Kelly Norris, a good friend of Tahir’s.
"He didn't deserve this,” Stukes said.
Myers was arrested on murder and first-degree robbery charges.