Rafael was the owner of a small convenience store located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn.
At about 6:30 p.m., a man entered the shop and pointed a gun at Rafael and demanded money. During the confrontation, Rafael was shot once in the abdomen. The thief fled the scene on foot. Nothing was stolen.
The suspect is described as about 6 feet tall and weighing 275 pounds. The suspect appears to be bowlegged and walks with a limp.
If you have any information about this crime, you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. You may be eligible to receive a reward.
We put this question to the thief who killed Rafael: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?
Rafael was originally from the Dominican Republic.
Rafael's loved ones are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. He was a good man, a hard worker, and a caring father and husband. He wasn't even supposed
|Angels of God, pray for Rafael and|
for those who have lost him
Rafael is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife, Selena; and his sons - Alexander, Jairo and Kelvin.
Pray for justice for Rafael.
Pray for all who go to work and who die there.
God save us from the thieves. They are killing us, Father.
Pray that Rafael is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.