ALBANY, GA (WALB) -A daughter of a beloved Pelham grocery store owner, is still grieving after her father was killed at the family’s business last October.
“He was not only my father, he was my best friend," Sue Bettison, Bob Bettison’s daughter, said. "I worked with him everyday for forty years and I miss him.”
A once thriving store many in Pelham relied on, now empty and silent after police said the 79-year-old was shot and killed during a robbery at his own store.
That’s because everyday she walks into Bettison’s Grocery, she sees the date October 5th. The day she came back from a normal bank run and seen her worst nightmare laying under a shopping cart.
A place prosecutors said Jerrod Johnson and Herbert Laster, used one arm to choke Bettison with his revolver off Bob Bettison’s hip, took two bank bags, and came back to shoot him again.
After police arrested the men for her father’s death, Sue Bettison recalled what she saw on the news that night about one of the suspects was even worse.
“I almost flipped out because that boy had come back to the scene," she said. "I mean minutes after it happened, he was the one on the news that was standing right beside me.”
Because of this incident and past incidents, Sue Bettison said she doesn’t want to face these experiences again and has decided to close the store for good.
“My dad has been shot at before. I’ve had a knife to my throat, a knife to my face and chase me with that knife. It’s just too dangerous now,” Sue Bettison said.
As Bettison’s family is in the process of selling the building, Sue hopes justice will be served for her loved ones left suffering and in pain.
“I hope they’re convicted and get life in prison,” she added.
The Bettison family is hoping whoever buys the building will open it up as a grocery store, to keep Bob Bettison’s memory alive.
The family said they’re just awaiting for that trial the week of July 24.