NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB)– About 100 people gathered outside of Richardson’s on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls tonight to honor a well-known business owner after his death.
Family and friends used tonight’s vigil as a way to remember Jessie Richardson – someone they say was a pillar in the Niagara Falls community.
Police are continuing their investigation into the deli owner’s death.
Richardson was found dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday morning with a gun in his hand, but those who knew him don’t believe Richardson’s death was a suicide – and they’re now seeking justice against the people who they believe killed him.
At tonight’s vigil, his loved ones embraced one another, sang and prayed for Richardson and his family.
His son, Franco Richardson, tells us tonight showed him and his family just how much his father meant to the community.
“More than anything it’s to know his death will not go in vain and everything he meant to the community for us to lay down what happened to him and everything he did for us we just want to keep it going and let him know everything he did meant a lot to us,” Franco said.
Some of Richardson’s family members believe he was murdered by the same people who recently robbed him. Niagara Falls police are treating this as an unattended death, which means they’ll treat it as a homicide until further notice.