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A mom's outrage: Store opens just 2 weeks after manager's murder

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Updated: 8/06/2013 12:30 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Darlene Farah spent Monday evening sifting through the memories of her daughter that were tossed in the trash.

Shelby Farah was working alone when she was shot and killed during a robbery at a Northside Metro PCS store two weeks ago. It reopened on Monday, and her mother was there with one goal.

"Justice. Not just for Shelby, but for other people also."

Farah is one of 49 people killed in Jacksonville so far in 2013. A number that breaks Farah's heart.

"I feel like somethings not being done right. Something needs to be changed."

Her attorney, Dale Carson, says change starts with the business and landlord. He's considering legal action if enough wasn't done to protect the 20-year-old.

"Always you will question a young girl being placed in a business by themselves with cash. That's a formula for a robbery. We don't want other people to suffer the same fate."

But Farah's efforts won't stop there. She says the cards, candles and balloons placed outside the store in her daughter's honor, were thrown away before the store reopened, but on Monday she replaced them. A symbol that her daughter’s life has a bigger purpose.

"I'm going to sort the trash out from it and put it right back up there," she said as she sifted through the bags found that she in the dumpster behind the store. "Shelby always said she was going to make a change in the city."

Her goal now is not only keep her daughter's memory alive, but to keep other families from suffering like she has.

"It's not fair to the people who are out their doing right, and doing what they're supposed to do, and going to work and are scared to go to work now because of all these killings. I feel like if nobody feels safe to go to work I really wish they would come forward and talk to me because I'm going to make that change for everybody in this city."

Carson is right now investigating if legal action can be taken. That investigation will be complete in about one week.

Darlene Farah tells Action News she also hoping to start a group to support the families of slain victims to give them a place to find comfort in each other.

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ODWms - 4/22/2014 10:54 AM
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Like others here, I'm not understanding how 2 weeks being closed is "not enough time." What purpose is served staying closed?

CaptJack - 9/22/2013 11:47 AM
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What the heck did she want them to do. Close down forever? I would have opened my store as soon as 5-0 said I could. As far as the stuff thrown in the trash. Take it home if you want it. Don't litter our sidewalks with it.

dantheman1 - 8/6/2013 4:00 PM
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I disagree with the way you guys have portrayed this buisness. It is a buisness, not a gravesite or a funeral home. They have been gracious but is time for them to move on also and they cant have a permamnent memorial out in front of their store front. The fact that the girls family is looking to sue the store is also ridiculous. Deflect everything and blame everyone else for this tragedy. Sad all the way around.

Realchange - 8/6/2013 2:59 PM
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There used to be law on the books that any store that operates similar to convenience store must have 2 employee's on duty at all times. This does nothing to stop man with gun but does add an element of security in that one them might notice something and call police before the murders happen. I am thinking that law was removed from the books after a few lobbyists with cash made trips to our state capital. About the reopening what does she expect her daughters death site to become a monument and temple to crime? If we did that everywhere someone was killed there would be very very few businesses left. I the mother is grieving and wants to punish anyone who had something to do with her child's stupid death, but this is not the business that killed her it was thug wanting to make a name for himself. If she wants make some good out this push for a 2 store clerk minimum in any store that has national chains. Exempt some mom and pop stores but if your 7-11, Verizon, Sprint, Kangroo, etc must have 2 clerks at all times. The teller should be behind glass just like when you go to pay your cable, telephone, or bank bill. Expensive to put in plexi glass ? Yes very much, so but the life of an employee that is saved by it priceless.

RiverRat - 8/6/2013 1:59 PM
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I can imagine nothing more tragic than losing a child. I wonder if this is the same Darlene Farah charged with child neglect 2 years ago?

RetiredJSO - 8/6/2013 7:35 AM
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Did the author of this story take English as a Second Language? While I was reading the story, I had the feeling I was reading one of those Nigerian Scam Letters. You know them the words and the sentence layout is all wrong.
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