HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - Who murdered a Southtowns Toys-R-Us manager?
Hamburg police just released a new surveillance image, hoping someone will recognize their prime suspect. And remember that baseball cap left behind by the killer? Police say they found DNA in the cap -- enough to move forward in their investigation.
A Facebook page set up in memory of Larry Wells is now filling with stories about what a great co-worker he was at Toys-R-Us. They say he enjoyed his job even though it could be very stressful. It seems he loved his coworkers as if they were family. Wells always made them laugh, and made the best of bad situations.
They say none of them can imagine what could be a motive to harm him.
But someone did. Police say the man caught on grainy security camera footage with his face obscured. Police believe the killer had a knife in his hand, pictured as he entered the store in Hamburg 4:20 a.m. Saturday. He stabbed Wells to death, then ran. Police say he left behind this clue, the baseball cap he was wearing. The cap is likely rare in Western New York --- black and gold featuring the Florida Gators 2007 NCAA basketball champions.
The Toys-R-Us store re-opened for business Monday, as police returned to search the outside of the building.
But the thoughts of co-workers who loved him were with the friend they lost. One former coworker was compelled after his death to get a tattoo in honor of their friendship. They were both fans of Ohio State.
Larry married his high school sweetheart Jill almost 9 years ago. They've been together for 20 years. Jill told me their beautiful four year old daughter looks like him. And Jill is currently pregnant with their second child.
A fund has been set up for the Wells family. Donations can be made at the M&T Bank on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore under the name, "Friends of Laurence Wells."
She said, " As you can tell this is very difficult for me and my family it is so hard to believe and understand someone could do such a horrific thing like this to such a wonderful and loving human being like my husband!!.
Larry is also known in the community for the time he spent as a substitute teacher.
Again, Hamburg police want you to take a close look at the picture and contact them if you have any idea who this man is.
A wake for Wells will be held Wednesday, July 3 at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home on Main Street in Forestville.
His funeral service is Thursday, July 4 at the funeral home.
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