Dry River Store Reopens After Shootings

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Dry River Store in Rockingham County opened Monday for the first time since the double shooting at the store in mid-February.

People are happy to have the store open and have been stopping by off and on all day. Locals say having the open sign back on is a familiar sign of comfort.

"It's nice to have it back open and they can open it with a little more comfort knowing that the person who did this is behind bars," said Trevor Lambert, a regular customer.

As people pick up food or pump gas they're happy to get back into a routine.

"I'd come in and try different foods all the time. He'd make fun of me because of the stuff that I didn't like, the faces that I would make," said Lambert.

He said the memory of what happened to Jae and Eun is still fresh. Posters line the checkout counter and walls, supporting the Kim family. Most of the memorials for Jae and Eun Kim have been moved inside as well.

"The people that come in, to not see Jae and Kim like they always had. It's gonna be really difficult just for everybody to come in here even the kids," said Lambert.

Paul Kim, who now manages the store, said his dad, Jae, is going through therapy at Sentara RMH to learn to walk and talk again.

"A few months down the road or a few years down the road we'll see my dad you know, being as normal as possible. Where you can say hi to him, Mr. Kim, he'll be around, he'll wave at you," said Kim.

As Jae works through a long recovery, Paul and store workers stock shelves and hope customers will return.

"Not change anything from the past, you know, keep it the same," said Kim.

"Ain't nobody got a store like we do. Nobody's got a store like Dry River Store," said Lambert.

The store will be open until 9 p.m. Monday.

They do have increased security, with cameras and more lights. Paul said he isn't worried about safety. He also said the sheriff's office is patrolling the area more and he's hopeful business will pick up.

Last month, the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office arrested Javon Lamont Arrington. The 21-year old now faces six charges, including capital murder-robbery, attempt to commit capital offense, aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of use of firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will be in court on May 8.

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