Peter Lim, son of slain Grace Deli owner Hae Soon Lim, mourns his mothers death as friends, customers, neighbors and family gathered for a remembrance Friday outside the deli on the corner of Seventh and H streets Northeast.
“I had breakfast here every morning,” said Nira Monk, who has worked in the neighborhood for three years. “She was very much a part of the community.”
Later, Kate Hardy helped her 5-year-old daughter, Coriell Bernhardt, hang a drawing she had made — an orange heart around the name “June” and some stickers.
An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department handed out fliers with Lim’s photo under the words “Homicide Victim. Up to $25,000 Reward.” Mourners in the crowd took copies, some in multiples.
Peter Lim is hopeful the investigation will bear fruit.
“I hope with all these people, someone saw something. ... It was a senseless act. He could have just hit her over the head and left. He could have beat her up and left,” he said. “There was no reason to do what he did.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.