LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Three days after he was shot to death at a Lexington gas station, the family of Mike Patel, 51, visited the Marathon station to pay their respects.
During this time of grieving, the family has requested to not be identified or shown on camera. But Patel's older brother did speak with us Thursday back at the scene.
Patel's older brother tells WKYT that they wanted to visit the last spot Patel was alive, but they didn't stay long. The family says they are at peace with his death, but that doesn't make it any easier to walk into the gas station where he was killed.
"Shot, killed, murdered. What was he doing? He was working hard to support his family," said Patel's older brother. "He was working 7 days a week. Hardly he had a day off."
Inside they prayed and outside they were overtaken with emotion when they saw the makeshift memorial created by people in the community. Patel's sons say everyone's support has helped them get through this hard time.
"I think with God's grace, prayer to the lord, and support from the community and friends and family, we will go through this difficult time. But it will be extremely, extremely difficult," said Patel's brother.
The family is especially concerned about how Patel's parents will get through this loss. They say they are elderly and not handling his death well. They have yet revisited the Marathon station and probably won't for a while.
"They have a big hole now that can never be filled," said Patel's brother. "They will never again be normal. No parent can be back to normal when they lose a child."
A funeral for Mike Patel is set for 11 a.m. on Friday at Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home in Richmond.
Travis Bredhold, 18, is charged with murder and robbery in the case. Bredhold is due in court next Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.