Five-year-old Tashayla Cook, 5, of Detroit stands with her mother Virginia Cook’s arms around her as she listens to a police inspector talk about the murder liquor store owner, Faraj Dally, who was known to his west-side Detroit customers as “Freddie.” Fred Dally was well liked in the neighborhood, friendly and willing to extend credit for more than 30 years at his business on Dexter Street. Despite the pleas of friends and family to move out of the deteriorating neighborhood, Dally cared about his customers, saying “These are my people,” according to friends who spoke at the press conference. Tuesday morning one of those people shot him in the head as he prepared to open the store. What’s a five year old to make of this senseless killing? What can any of us make of it? It seems life is getting cheaper around here every day. Wake up brothers and sisters… Love thy neighbor!
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