Edmonds clerk killed during attempted robbery identified; Reward offered in search for suspect

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EDMONDS, Wash. — As police continue searching for a killer, family members have identified the clerk killed at the 7-Eleven in Edmonds as Nagendiram Kandasamy.

Edmonds police detectives are working nonstop to find Kandasamy's killer.

“It's our department’s number one priority. There's nothing higher for us,” said Sgt. Josh McClure with Edmonds police.

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7-Eleven, Inc. is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and charge of the person(s) responsible. Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is offering a $1,000 reward.

Kandasamy was working the graveyard shift at the 7-Eleven on 238th Street Southwest and Highway 99 when video shows a man barge in. He’s armed with a gun and immediately jumped on the counter. That's where the video stops. Police won’t say what happened after that, but say Kandasamy was killed less than a minute later. Nothing was taken but police still have not established a motive.

“This happened so quickly. Don't know if this was planned to be a robbery and something changed that course. So we don't have that piece of information,” McClure added.

Kandasamy was 64. Family members say he was helping to support a daughter who is finishing up her residency and a son who is at UW.

He also worked at the 76 Gas station a half a mile away on Highway 99 for 20 years.

His death is rocking the community. Customers knew him as "Nagi."

Police are still looking for a vehicle of interest.

Among all the video they're combing through, they're looking at the last 24 hours in the 7-Eleven before Kandasamy was killed. They’re even working to get video from days earlier to see if his killer had been there before.

“We don't know if this was his first time in the store. We don't know if he had come in earlier and had been denied an alcohol purchase because it was after 2 a.m. (These are) all things we need to get answers to,” McClure said.

7-Eleven, Inc. released this statement:

“Our hearts are with the victim and their family. We are gathering information and working with local law enforcement.”

A GoFundMe account has been set up for anyone who wants to help.