LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s been a difficult week for employees and customers of a Lexington gas station after a clerk was killed during a robbery on Monday.
51-year-old Mike Patel was shot while working at the Marathon on Alexandria Drive.
Customers who came to the store on Friday told us they wanted to show their support for the store while also honoring Patel but many customers also said their regular trips to the gas station will never be the same.
On Friday afternoon, the owner of the Marathon gas station reopened its doors with a heavy heart, knowing that 51-year-old Mike Patel or "Shorty" wouldn't be returning to work.
Many folks who frequent the gas station on Alexandria Drive are still in disbelief about the tragedy that unfolded Monday when Patel was shot and killed while on the job.
“I had to look at the picture in the newspaper two or three times just to realize that he’s gone and it really hasn't dawned on me yet,” said Larry Baker, a friend of Patel’s.
Now several signs are taped to the gas station's windows, each of them serving as a tribute to the man who meant a lot to many.
“He treated everybody like they were his brothers and sisters. He’ll be missed, he'll be missed,” Baker told us Friday.
The owner of the gas station plans to leave up the signs honoring Patel's memory for a long time to come.
Patel’s funeral was held Friday morning in Richmond.
Police arrested 18-year-old Travis Bredhold for the crime Tuesday. He plead not guilty during his arraignment on Wednesday.
Bredhold is due in court for a preliminary hearing next Tuesday.