Whitfield County sheriff's deputies discovered the dead body of a male clerk early this morning at the Hi-Tech Fuel at 3385 Airport Road after 911 received a call from a person who said they went into the store and saw the clerk on the floor, Sheriff Scott Chitwood said. The death is being investigated as a robbery/homicide.
The name of the clerk is not being released pending notification of the man's relatives.
Jay Chaudhry said he was a close friend of the man who was killed. He said, "He came over here to support his family, live a good life, and someone killed him last night. It's horrible. We have no idea (why this happened)."
"His whole family is there (in India)," Chaudhry said. "He's the only one from the family who was here. If somebody knows about this, please come forward. To our knowledge, there were three other people here. If those people came out and tell the police what they saw it would help. We want them to help the police.
"One cannot describe what we are feeling, especially when we have to talk to his family in India and tell them what happened."
Investigators with the sheriff's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are reviewing the store’s video and checking on other leads.
Crime tape blocked the entrance near the intersection of the South Bypass and Tibbs Bridge Road this afternoon. The convenience store's lights, including the neon beer lights in the windows and the digital sign displaying the gas prices, were still on.
The 911 call came in at around midnight.
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