Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Slaying Captured on Tape Convenience Store Clerk Shot in Robbery

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Slaying Captured on Tape Convenience Store Clerk Shot in Robbery

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They called him "Bear." Just "Bear."

And almost every night after his shift at the Lil' Champ Food

Store at 9349 N. Main St., Lawrence "Bear" Poston would head to

the Eastport Tavern to have coffee or iced tea with Laura Fiege,

the owner of the bar.

Many times, Poston, 58, would close up the bar with Fiege,

waiting there until she had locked up and was safely in her car.

But on Thursday night, Poston never made it to the tavern.

"Bear" was shot and killed around 7 p.m. Thursday by one of two

robbers, possibly three, who had shirts pulled over their faces,

police said.

"The name `Bear' fit him just right," Fiege said of Poston, who

stood 6 feet 4 and weighed more than 330 pounds. "He was like a

big lovable Teddy Bear. He was like a landmark on this side of

town."

Poston was the second Jacksonville convenience store clerk to

be killed in a robbery in the last two weeks. Another clerk,

Bhavesh Patel, 29, was killed July 13 outside the 8 Till Late

store at 4498 Hendricks Ave.

On Dec. 22, a customer at the Lil' Champ store at 169 Heckscher

Drive, near the store where Poston worked, was killed in an

armed robbery.

Two men have been charged in Patel's murder, but so far no one

has been arrested in Poston's death, said Sgt. Mark Foxworth of

the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police have obtained a security videotape that shows two men

entering the store with a gun drawn, taking an unknown amount of

cash from the register, and then shooting Poston with a handgun

as they left.

Foxworth would not say where or how many times Poston was shot,

but he said Poston appeared to cooperate with the robbers and

did not seem to provoke them in any way.

"There was no reason," Foxworth said.

Poston was found bleeding behind the counter by a customer, and

he was taken to University Medical Center where he died,

Foxworth said.

Convenience stores remain a frequent target for robberies in

Jacksonville. …

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