Peter Lim, son of slain deli owner June Lim, expressed gratitude to those honoring his mother outside Washington, D.C. store

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  Yesterday, the place was a crime scene. Today, the Grace Deli has become the site of a vigil. About a a hundred people showed up for a vigil to remember June Lim, the 64-year-old owner of the Grace Deli who was killed on Thursday.

Her son Peter Lim said, "It's a nightmare and it's surreal and I just can't believe it"

Peter Lim fights back tears as he puts up this poster on the front of his Mom's store.

But then, the Dad-to-be opened a card from one of her customers.
All the grief, the pain, the anger rushes out.

He said, "It's overwhelming. I had no idea she touched so many people. You kind of take people for granted, but I always knew my Mom was a wonderful person that loved so many people"

And those people loved her right back.

"She was one of the sweetest people that I had ever met. She loved people. If you didn't have the money, she gave it to you anyway," said one of her longtime customers.

Today, her son continued that family tradition, putting out bottles of water and other beverages for those who came by.

"Everyone thank you for coming. Help yourself to drinks. Please, it's what my Mom would have wanted," he said. "These people took time out of their days to be here, whether it's two minutes or fifteen minutes, they came to show their support for my mother. It's the least I can do."

But there's this dark cloud lingering over all this love.
Whoever killed June is still out there.

Those who came to the vigil all agreed they hope he is caught soon.
"My prayer is that everybody will come together and pray against the spirit of evil that was in this place because this was a senseless crime. It was senseless," said one customer.

Peter Lim added, "We are hoping though this show of support and handing out the fliers that somebody saw something or somebody knows something. I don't pray that much. But I'm praying now."

June Lim's family says Grace Deli will not reopen now that she is gone.
Detectives are offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.



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