Candles for Carroll: Slain restaurant owner is remembered

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HOUSTON – Members of the community came out in mass to support Carroll Oliver who was gunned down on Monday during a robbery at a McDonald’s that he owned and operated.  Mr. Oliver was  beloved member of the community who touched many lives, including the life of Plachette Williams who came out to pay her condolences to Mr. Oliver.

“Being a black business owner here in the Fifth Ward community, he has really given back.  He is definitely going to be missed,” said Williams.

The vigil was led by Deric Muhammad and Erick Deckard.  They said they felt it necessary to show love and support for a valued member of the Fifth Ward community who did so much to touch people’s lives.

“His life being taken has left a void in this community that is going to be very difficult to fill,”  said Muhammad. “So myself and pastor Deckard thought it necessary to come quickly, to try to bring the community together in a show of unity to make certain that our brother did not die in vain.”

Those attending left flowers, candles and prayers at the spot where Mr. Oliver took his last breath.  Former employee, Esther Garces was nearly drawn to tears as she spoke about her former boss. “I used to work with him a long time ago, and it’s really, really hard.  He was a good man.  He tried to help everybody.  He didn’t deserve to die the way that he died.”

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