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Friends Hold Vigil For Murdered Gas Station Clerk

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) -- Hunting down a man police call a "cold blooded killer." A gas station worker was gunned down in Anne Arundel County. Now friends and neighbors are coming together to rally the community.

Meghan McCorkell has the latest as investigators search for the man that pulled the trigger.

Several local leaders are vowing to bring this killer to justice as neighbors come together to mourn.

Police say a man walked into a Hanover Exxon, pulled out a gun and opened fire without saying a word. The bullets struck and killed 49-year-old Rajinder Kumar.

"I just don't understand why would somebody do something like this? How can you just kill someone just to take a couple of dollars from there?" said Nabeel Malik, the gas station's owner.

Monday night, the community came together to pray for Kumar---who was working in America to send money home to India so his children could go to college.

The murder happened around 1 a.m. on August 7, shaking the tight-knit neighborhood.

"As long as that person is not apprehended, it always brings fear to everyone who drives by this gas station," said Bishop Larry Lee Thomas, Empowering Believers Church.

Police have stepped up patrols around the area and are pleading for tips in the case.

"We know somebody knows who did this. Please call us," said Anne Arundel County Police Deputy Chief Pam Davis.

The FBI is now involved in the investigation, contributing $20,000 to the reward fund. That reward stands at $27,000.

Now, hand in hand, the community unites with a message for the killer.

"The people are going to dime you out. The preachers are going to pray you out and the police are going to pull you out. But one way or another, whatever's done in the dark will be brought to the light and you will be found," said Pastor Abraham Shanklin, New Life International Ministries.

The gas station owner says enough money has been raised to send Kumar's body to his family in India.

Police warn the suspect may have changed his appearance since the murder. Anyone with information is asked to call Anne Arundel County police.

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