Family, friends hold vigil for slain D.C. deli owner

At the Grace Deli. Photo: James Joslyn/ABC7

The search is on for the person responsible for shooting and killing a beloved deli owner in Northeast Washington.

Family members and patrons held an emotional vigil today to remember Hae Soon Lim, known as June to her friends.

A corner deli turned into a gathering place of grief today.

"I really had no idea that my mom had touched so many people in this way," Peter Lim says.

Hae Soon Lim, 64, a Rockville resident, was found dead inside the Grace Deli, in the 700 block of H Street NE, at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say she had been shot in the neck.

Outside the H Street store neighbors and patrons stood shoulder to shoulder. A sign of respect for a beloved merchant.

They remembered a woman who "knew your voice when you called on the phone," who gave you a smile, and described her as "a loving lady."

June Lim's son was hugged and offered love from so many in this community.

Some brought flowers. Others posted signs saying things like "Thanks for being so kind to me" and "You will be missed."

But along with the sadness there is also anger.

"It was a senseless act," Peter Lim says. "He could've just hit her over the head and left. He could've beat her up and left. There was no reason to do what he did."

Police handed out flyers hoping someone will offer information about the killer. Surveillance video is being checked, but police don't have any description of a suspect.

Meanwhile a community is in mourning.

"Everybody is hurt," Ayanna Winslow says. "This lady you could come in here get what you need. Sometimes you didn't even have to pay. If you was hungry, she'd look out for you."