Updated at 10:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3:
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - It’s been three days since a deadly shooting at a pizza shop on Syracuse’s South Side, and ther is still no sign of the person who committed the 18th homicide in Syracuse this year.
38-year-old Shqair Shqair was behind the counter at Sabatino's when a suspect walked in and demanded money.
Police say when Shqair tried to reason with the man, he was shot and killed.
Shqair’s family gathered at his home on Thursday to morn the loss of their father, husband and brother.
The family of Shqair described him as a hard working and generous man who provided everything his five children needed.
Shqair’s brother says the pizza shop owner moved to the United States from the Middle East about four years ago and says his focus was providing his children with a college education.
“He did everything right. He didn’t do wrong. He prayed everyday five times a day. He was just trying to survive,” said Jalal Shqair, brother of Shqair Shqair. “He came from overseas for his kids, to work and help his family out. We usually come to [America to] work. Only four years and he’s already gone.”
Shqair’s burial service was held immediately after his death because of his Islamic faith customs.
Jalal says he hopes that justice can be served to the person who killed his brother so that Shqair can rest in peace.
A small memorial has been set-up in front of Sabatino’s, which remains closed.
Officials are still looking for any information regarding the suspect.
“Anytime we get a case where an innocent victim is gunned down in cold blood like that, that’s a suspect that we need to catch and we need to catch him quickly,” said Sergeant Tom Connellan with the Syracuse Police Department.
Police say the male suspect was wearing jeans and a blue sweatshirt which appeared to have a Notre Dame emblem on it.
If you have any information that can help police, you are urged to call (315) 442-5222.