Bonita BP Station Back in Business

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Monday was the reopening of the Bonita BP store in Meridian after the murder of the store owner Mohamed Alnazalli. His body was found in the restroom of his service station.

"That hurt me when I heard that," said Cleveland Walker Hughes of Meridian.

83 year old Cleveland Walker Hughes says he knew Mr. Alnazalli well and says his senseless death was devastating. He rides to the service station on a daily basis on his bike to chat with employees.

"I thought so much of him. He was such an easy going fellow," Hughes said.

The police tape is now gone and customers are flowing in. One customer says she's glad the store reopened.

"I feel like Mo was a very good person and stuff and I've known him for many years and I've had two cousins to work for him down here at the store in Newton and I'm just really sad," said Emma Jean Moment.

Police believe 20 year old Izola McMillon and 25 year-old Derrick Williams both of Chicago were involved with the murder. Police say McMillon had been employed at the store for a week and they believe she set up the murder.

"I ain't gone lie I'm nervous."

Knowing a store employee was thought to be involved with the murder, has BP Store clerk Diane Pruett nervous. Her first day was Monday, the day the store reopened.

"I'm just gone do what I supposed to do, do my job and hope things work out," said BP Store Clerk Diane Pruett.

With cameras already in the store, the clerk says she hopes management has beefed up security.

Both suspects have been charged on felony counts of capital murder, armed robbery, and motor vehicle theft. With that capital murder charge alone, both could face the death penalty. They are currently being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility.

These customers and the clerk hope the Alnazalli family will heal and the murderers be brought to justice.


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