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Victims remembered 1 year after pharmacy shooting

(WBIR- Bean Station, Tenn.) A community came together on Friday to remember two men who died during a robbery gone wrong in a small town pharmacy.

On May 23, 2013, prosecutors said former police officer Jason Bryan Holt came into the Down Home Pharmacy in Bean Station to steal prescription medications.

But even after investigators said pharmacist Steven Lovell cooperated with Holt and handed over the drugs, Lovell and a customer, Richard Alexander Sommerville, 72, were shot and killed.

Sommerville had stopped by the pharmacy to pick up some medication, while his wife waited for him outside.

"When you walk in the front door, dad would greet you. I was used to see him sitting there in his big bright orange shirt and his Tennessee hat," said Robert Frick, Sommerville's son-in-law. "You know, It's an emptiness now. And that's what I miss the most. "

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Friday the community held a memorial service in honor of Sommerville and Lovell, planting two white dogwood trees in their honor at a nearby, newly built park.

"That's what a small town is about. It's about coming together in people's trials and tribulations," said Terry Wolfe, Mayor of Bean Station. "You can't say you've got to have closure because you can never put closure to this but it helps the community heal, and helps the victim's family members."

Wolfe said the trees will be visible to drivers on Main Street.

"We have to move forth from it. I don't think we can ever heal from any tragic event that happens in your life. I think you just have to live with it," said Wolfe.

Frick said family and church have helped him get through 12 tough months.

"Dad got me going to church so that's what we do. We go and we do the best we can," said Frick. "They say time will heal. But you know, we just take it day by day."

Two pharmacy workers, Alexia Gail Wilson and Janet Colleen Clift, were also shot, but they survived their injuries. Family members said the women fought back before the shooter fled the pharmacy.

Holt was tracked down and arrested later that day. He was charged with two counts of pre-meditated first degree murder, two counts of first degree murder during a robbery, and one count of especially aggravated robbery.

Prosecutors announced in June they would seek the death penalty.


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