Aboriginal art gallery to close Sunday after owner shot, killed

(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A downtown Savannah business will close its doors Sunday after the owner was shot and killed during an attempted armed robbery.

The Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery on Broughton Street had only been open four months in September when the store's owner Kevin Reid and his wife were walking on the 400 block of East Walburg Street. Reid was shot after they were approached by three suspects.

A candlelight vigil was held at the gallery Saturday night to honor Kevin Reid. He was recognized as a great man who brought international business to the city.

His wife says it's tough to close the doors as she feels like she's shutting down her husband's dream, but it has to be done.

"I am having a really rough time, I'll be honest with you - It's very very hard, you know, I miss my husband so much," Kari explained.

Tiffani Taylor, founder of Savannah Art Walk, says Reid was a dear friend to her. She wants to bring attention to this incident, as the suspect remains unknown.

"When he passed it was like a brother has passed and I just want to celebrate his light and also bring attention to the fact that the people who did this have not been arrested," said Taylor.

Kellie Fletcher purchased a boomerang at the art gallery on Saturday. She says she met the Reid couple shortly before the gallery opened in May.

"I think it's only right to honor him, he just got here and brought a really great thing to Savannah," said Kellie Fletcher, a customer. "So many people met Kevin's wife Kari who personifies grace and strength."

Although she's closing the doors, Kari plans to donate some of the artwork to a local organization for disadvantaged children and will auction off the rest.

She is also planning a trip in the spring to visit Kevin's dad for his 80th birthday in Australia.

Kari was with Kevin when he was killed. She says that she can't stress it enough for anyone with any information to call police.

"It's a real loss for this community, and somebody out there knows who shot my husband, please please come forward."

If you'd like to visit the store before they close, the Australian aboriginal art gallery will be open for the last time on Sunday, November, 13, from noon to 6 p.m.

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