Family of murdered Edmonds store clerk breaks silence

The family of a North Sound clerk -- randomly gunned down -- speaks exclusively to KIRO 7.

EDMONDS, Wash. — The family of a murdered convenience store clerk is breaking their silence, nearly a week after the shooting.

His family describes Nagi Kandasamy as an unwavering, unstoppable, workhorse.

>>Police release new details as search for suspect in killing of Edmonds clerk continues

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For two decades, the proud immigrant worked odd jobs, during odd shifts, all the time.

“It’s just a part of his life,” said Nagi’s nephew. “The day he left, he went to his first job, came home, ate dinner, and then went to work the night shift.”

It was tedious, time-consuming work, leading to a father’s absolute triumph.

You can imagine the smile on this Nagi’s face when he learned both of his kids had been accepted into college.

Their tuition came from his well-earned paycheck.

"Him working long hours is just the sacrifice that he made to make other people happy... and that’s what made him happy,” said Nagi’s nephew.

Nagi’s life began in Sri Lanka where he eventually escaped civil war.

Given his humble background, his family says he valued his hard-earned money and always looked for a bargain.

“He’d always look for ways to save,” said a family member. “He valued every penny he earned, especially coming from an impoverished country.”

Nagi was 64 when he was ambushed and killed last week.

Police released new pictures of the shooter. His motive still not known.

Nagi’s family says they’re still scared for their safety, knowing a killer is still out there.

“They’re still in shock... and it fundamentally changes the rest of their lives.”

Their lives were forever impacted by a man who embodied the American dream of hard work, and the rewards that come with it.

"There’s certain debts that you can never repay,” said Nagi’s nephew. “And the stuff he did for me, I could never repay him for it.”