RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The wife of a Johnston County store clerk killed in a robbery last week said she still waits for him to come home.
Lucia Al-Shami said a lot is still a blur from last Thursday night.
“I can’t believe it, I feel like he’s still gonna come home, I wait and wait,” she said. “I just don’t know where to begin.”
Her husband, Esmail or also known as “AB,” worked at the Shop-n-Go across the street from their Zebulon home.
Police said two masked men shot and killed him during the course of a robbery – all while Lucia was on the phone with him.
“I just heard him say, ‘We got cameras, we got cameras, we got cameras!’ I heard a little bit of noise. I didn’t know what was going on and then I heard the gunshots, then a pause, then more gunshots,” Al-Shami said.
In a panic, she rushed out her front door where she saw a dark, four-door sedan speed away.
“My first thought was, ‘I’m not covered.’ I didn’t have my scarf, I was in my pajamas so in my mind maybe nothing happened, since I didn’t see anyone alarmed,” she said.
Al-Shami said she then called 911 to report the gunshots.
Soon after – the knocks on the front door started.
She had to calm their 6-year-old son before going to the store in hopes of calming herself.
“I don’t know if I already knew, I already felt it but that’s when I started to think the worst,” she said.
On Sunday, AB was buried according to his Islamic faith.
On Tuesday night, hundreds came out to comfort Al-Shami and to remember AB.
He was a familiar face for more than a decade at the popular store.
“They didn’t just take his life, they took part of me,” Al-Shami said. “They took a big part of me.”
She now wears her husband’s wedding ring for comfort.
Al-Shami said AB left it at the house Thursday before going to work.
“He left his ring, too. He was so late that day I think, he was running up and down, that’s the only thing that he left, his ring,” she said.
Al-Shami said her son also gave something to his dad.
“One thing that surprised me for him being 6 is, he said, ‘My heart goes with him,’ and that really surprised me. That hurt me.”