CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Seven years ago today, convenience store owner Ben Mustafa was killed during a robbery attempt at his store.
Tonight, Mustafa's family friends and the community will honor his memory as they come together for the seventh-annual "Walk to Remember."
"This legacy that he instilled in us was to be working hard to give back to the community, to be strong and to do for others — as we show that we do. Each and every year," said Jen Allende, one of Mustafa's daughters.
Mustafa was only 59 years old at the time of his death.
"Ben has just been a bright light in a dark space here," said La Lisa Hernandez, a friend who created the mural of Ben."People knew you could come in and sit down here end just kind of talk all things Corpus Christi with Ben. When they changed the name to Ben’s Community Market, it more-reflected what this place serves as."
He was loved by many and was known to be very kind to his customers.
The walk to remember will not only honor Mustafa, but will be in memory of those who died as a result of a crime.
The community is encouraged to attend.
It's happening tonight at Ben's Community Market located at Ayers and Brownlee.
It starts at 6 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m.
A non profit in Mustafa's name is also in the works to better serve the community within the area of his market.
"All of the years before, we kind of done it ourselves," Allende said. "Now, they are going to be more people that were able to meet the needs And that is continuing to live my dad‘s legacy, and I think that’s what helps us get through all of this."