UPDATE June 8, 5:02 p.m
.: Police say Eltawmi's family is now offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the killer's capture.
Maplewood police have released this computer-generated composite sketch of the man they suspect gunned down Ahmed Eltawmi
, 50, owner of the Delmar Loop restaurant Gyro House
outside his Maplewood apartment complex on Friday night.
(For more on the incident, including the Loop community's touching response, click over to Ian Froeb's post on Gut Check
Police say the man is 22-26 years-old, about 5' 8"-5' 10' tall and weights 150-170 lbs. They also suspect that he is left-handed. He was last seen wearing a white do-rag, white t-shirt, and blue jeans.
Have a tip? Call the Major Case Squad at 314-646-3632. CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Denise Hollinshed of the Post-Dispatch
penned an excellent piece on Eltawmi's life and death over the weekend. Here's an excerpt:
Eltawmi migrated to the United States in 1983 from Libya, said his uncle, Ali Raffa, 66, of Ladue. Eltawmi had been in business in the Loop for at least 20 years. His parents are deceased; he was not married and had no children.
Ray Ghasedi, 64, owner of the building where Eltawmi ran his business for 16 years, was visibly shaken by Eltawmi's death. Before he owned Gyro House, Eltawmi had managed another Greek restaurant in the 1980s at another Loop location.
"He was a saint as far as I am concerned," Ghasedi said outside the restaurant, which was closed Saturday. "He was the nicest man you would ever meet in your life. You cannot find anybody better than he."
Read the whole thing here