Crime scene one day, memorial the next at Lexington gas station

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - At the now closed Marathon gas station, friends created a makeshift memorial in honor of the latest murder victim in Lexington.

In the middle of a busy shopping mall, Lexington police say they tracked down a teenager suspected of murdering a clerk at a gas station. Police arrested Travis Bredhold, 18, Tuesday afternoon in front of shoppers after a patrol officer in the mall spotted him.

We've learned that Bredhold has been arrested multiple times in Lexington this year. Court documents show his charges included burglary, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

That gas station along Alexandria Drive was crime scene Monday, and now Tuesday, it's turned into a memorial. And it's all for Mukeshbhai Patel, 51, who was killed while working.

Barely able to get the words out, it took courage for friends who embraced the man daily to return to this now closed Marathon station where police say Patel was gunned down during a robbery.

"You're gonna be missed by me so much," said Lisa Webb, a woman who frequented the gas station. "Your friend, Lisa."

Patel was known as 'Mike' and 'Shortie' and 'Shortman' by those closest to him.

"It's almost as though I'm here, but I'm not because Mike is not here," said Deborah Sweat, who became friends with Patel over years of delivering his mail through the United States Postal Service.

But Tuesday evening, Deborah Sweat didn't deliver mail. She delivered condolences.

"I came down here just to think about him for a while," said Sweat.

And Sweat watched others do the same. She says she last saw Patel on Saturday and talked to him about when they would see each other next.

"He said, 'Well, Deborah. You have a great day off Monday.' And he gave me a big ole hug," said Sweat.

To these people, Patel was more than a clerk behind a counter.

"They took a good person away," said Sweat. "They didn't have to do that. They really didn't have to do that."

Friends who stopped by the Marathon station Tuesday evening mentioned that Patel had kids and a family that he always talked about.

We are told the Marathon gas station will not reopen until after Patel's funeral.

We also learned some other information about the suspect, Travis Bredhold, who was charged with murder and robbery. Fayette County school officials say he transferred from a Louisville high school and attended the MLK Academy before graduating in May. We also contacted a couple who used to be his foster parents, but they did not want to go on camera.

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