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Community Remembers Michael Addo

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(WLNS) - It's been two weeks to the day since a pair of shootings claimed the lives of 35-year-old Michael Addo and 27-year-old Jordan Rogers.

Monday night people gathered to hold a vigil for Addo at the place where he lost his life.

Sharon Yoo has more on how a community came together to remember him.

Music filled the air...and people--each with a personal connection to Michael Addo--stood outside of Rite aAd to commemorate his life.

There were hugs...and there were tears.

But many were there to remember the good times they've had with Addo.

"He always had a smile on his face...everytime i called my wife, he would pick up and joke with me on the phone," remembered Tony Geiger.

Although the 35-year-old Rite Aid pharmacist from Ghana was was living and working in the US, away from his wife and daughter, people tonight said, he treated every customer like they were his own family.

"He was extremely energetic and conscientious. I think people just knew they could utterly trust him as a family member," said Rick Boyd, pastor of First Christian Church in Lansing.

Many of the vigil attendees here who knew Michael Addo described him as a friend and said that he had a deep connection with his customers.

"He was an incredibly personal person. He put the custom in customer, I feel like he knew all of his customers by name."

And Addo's hard work and warm smiles spread beyond the city.

"I didn't know Michael myself, but as soon as I saw the picture and saw that beautiful warm smiling face I felt like I knew him," said Bob Thompson, executive vice-president of Rite Aid.

And in an attempt to help the community move on the site received a special healing blessing.

"The water will represent our tears, and also represent our outpouring of love and in an attempt to cleanse this space so it can return to being part of the community."

But of course, moving on...doesn't mean forgetting.

"It's such a tragedy that he's gone. Mike, I'll love you and I'll never forget you," said Candy Geiger, co-worker.

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