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Candlelight Vigil Held Sunday for Slain Party Store Owner

The owner of Tom's Party Store was killed early Saturday afternoon.

Memorials have been placed to honor the owner of Tom's Party Store in Farmington Hills, who was shot and killed Saturday. Photo credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Memorials have been placed to honor the owner of Tom's Party Store in Farmington Hills, who was shot and killed Saturday. Photo credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
As Farmington Hills Police continue their investigation into the Saturday afternoon shooting death of a party store owner, friends and family members will gather Sunday for a candlelight vigil in his memory. 

The vigil is planned for 5:30 p.m. near Tom's Party Store, which is on the west side of Inkster Road, north of Eight Mile. Since Saturday, balloons, flowers, candles and other memorials have been placed in the store's parking lot and along the sidewalk across the street. 

An officer responding to a call to help another agency with an armed robbery and shooting early Saturday afternoon was flagged down by a witness who said the shooting had actually occurred at Tom's Party Store. According to a department press release, the witness told police that as he entered the store, another man was walking out. 

Police are still searching for the suspect, who is described as a black male, 6-feet tall, 180 pounds, wearing a dark green jacket and winter hat. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Farmington Hills Police command desk, 248-871-2610. 
Nancy Besser December 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM
A candlelight vigil in his memory. How with no name released? No name of deceased has been said yet. Who was the person killed at Liquor store?
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) December 30, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Nancy, the person who contacted me about the vigil referred to Mr. Lossia only as Dave, and police had not officially released his name. We learned it last night, and it is in the story we ran today about his funeral service: http://farmington-mi.patch.com/groups/obituaries/p/funeral-service-set-tuesday-for-farmington-hills-party-store-owner
Carolyn B. December 30, 2013 at 07:50 AM
How come this wasn't on Nixle until 12/29 at 12:35 PM, a full day after the murder? Isn't Nixle supposed to be a quick alert system that could have warned residents of an imminent danger and helped us all be on the lookout? I wish the Patch would look into this question.
grama January 02, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Carolyn - I too complained about not receiving a notice from Nixle till a full day after the murder !! The police told me that they knew the suspect had already left the area. But us as residents who live nearby did not know!! Nixle informs us of road closers and car and home breakins; but not a murder? Unreal!!

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