Vigil planned for slain restaurant owner


Jim Brennan

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — A candlelight vigil was planned in memory of a Cleveland Heights restaurant owner who was killed during a hold-up at the eatery.

Jim Brennan, 61, of Gates Mills, died at the hospital following a shooting at Brennan’s Colony Monday afternoon.

Investigators say two people came into the Lee Road restaurant just after 1 p.m. and took Brennan to the basement where they ordered him to open the safe.  There may have been a struggle right before he was shot.

“This will be an opportunity for the community to come together and honor the life of Jim Brennan,” said Mayor Dennis Wilcox of the vigil. “Jim represented the very best of us as a community leader, a business owner and a friend.”

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Meadowbrook Boulevard and Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.

Free parking at Cedar Lee will be offered after 6 p.m.

Police conducted a door-to-door search for two male suspects on Monday.  At the time of this report they had not made any arrests.

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