Slain store owner's daughters re-open Radcliff store
The daughters of a Radcliff business owner shot dead in his clothing store have decided to keep the store open.
However, it was a decision that almost didn't happen.
Still grieving the loss of their father, the daughters of Charles Dole decided to keep the store only after receiving the support of customers.
"Everyone comes in and says it's not the same. It's not going to be the same because he was one of a kind," said daughter Amanda Dole.
Dole and her sister, Susan Gilpin, reopened their father's store Tuesday, two weeks after 56-year old Charles Dole, was fatally shot inside.
Police say he died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Initially, the girls wanted to close up shop.
But something changed.
"The love and the support has been overwhelming for us," Dole said.
Customers continued to stop by -- even as paper covered the store's windows. They encouraged the family to keep Now Fashions open.
"Just being here for a few days we can't close it. This is his dream, this is what he lived for. He woke up everyday for. We just couldn't close it down, so we're keeping it open," Gilpin said.
"We just feel like we want to finish what he started and give the community something. Yeah, a tragedy definitely happened here but I feel like my dad would tell us, 'It's going to okay. You have to move on.' Have an attitude and a fortitude and that's what my sister and I are trying to do," Dole said.
Just days after the shooting, 20-year-old Jermaine Kirkland and 20-year-old Jamah Harris were arrested in Knoxville, TN.
Radcliff police have since charged each with one count of murder and robbery.
Both women were reluctant to talk about the two men charged with their father's death, but Gilpin said they will mostly likely keep up with future court proceedings.
"It's hard. We haven't actually seen them yet and I'm sure when we do we will break down."
"There's nothing that's ever going to bring back my dad. What makes it easier is the community rallying behind us and being supportive and telling us this is what they want," Dole said.
Both women say business this week has been steady. That, in turn, has helped in their healing process.
The store has also made changes. It has added security cameras which were supposed to be installed the week Charles Dole was killed.
"They took somebody wonderful away from my sister and (me) and from this community. And, it's not going to be the same."
Both Amanda and Susan plan to rename the store "Chuck's Place."
They say the crime is difficult to understand because their father would often allow people to put items on hold or work around the store in exchange for clothing. The family has owned and operated the store 25 years.