Family, friends gather to honor victim of Akron pizza shop shooting on what would have been his birthday

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AKRON - It was a gathering that included cake, flowers and balloons, but the people who attended had little to celebrate.

Loved ones of an Akron pizza shop clerk, killed during a robbery, honor him on what would have been his 22nd birthday.

Naiema Husein planted flowers in a freshly-made garden to remember her son, Zakareia Husein.

Family and friends created the garden in front of the Supreme New York Style Pizza Shop on East Glenwood Avenue in Akron, where Zak was gunned down during a robbery.

"He's a part of my heart, he's always in my mind and in my thinking, I remember him every minute," said his mother.

Surveillance video shows a person with a gun walking into the shop around 11 p.m. on December 7. Police say the robber demanded money, then shot and killed Zak after he handed over six hundred dollars, according to his brother Ammar.

"Sometimes you just sit there and stare at your camera system and you're, like, maybe I can rewind it one more time. Maybe I can finally delete it, maybe I'll just put it in the back of my mind and act like it didn't happen, but you can't." said Ammar.

Ammar has since reopened the business, but says he constantly thinks of what happened to his little brother.

"Knowing that every time I process a customer's order, I'm standing in the same spot where the incident took place," Ammar said.

Inside the shop, Zak's family and friends honored him with a birthday cake and created a memory board to share their memories of him as a son, a brother, and a friend.

"I feel like by doing this it not only, like, brings everybody together, instead of grieve about his death. But be together and like remember him and remember all of the things that he stood for," said Zak's sister, Hessen Husein.

The family is frustrated that Zak's killer is still walking the streets.

"Going about their lives like they never did anything and here, this innocent person got killed for no reason," said Zak's sister.

Akron police say they are still hoping to receive a tip or lead that will help them solve the case.

Fellow students at the University of Akron are holding a big fundraiser next month to raise money to feed thousands of needy children around the world. Here is a link to the group's GoFundMe account.

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