Bean Station pharmacy announces reopening date

Bean Station pharmacy announces reopening date following owner's murder

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Down Home Pharmacy owner Stephen Lovell and a customer, Richard Sommerville, were shot and killed during a robbery on May 23. Down Home Pharmacy owner Stephen Lovell and a customer, Richard Sommerville, were shot and killed during a robbery on May 23.
(Source: Facebook) Pharmacist Stephen Lovell (Source: Facebook) Pharmacist Stephen Lovell
(Source: Family) Richard Sommerville (Source: Family) Richard Sommerville

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

BEAN STATION (WATE) – A pharmacy is getting ready to reopen after a tragedy in late May.

Down Home Pharmacy owner Stephen Lovell and Richard Sommerville were shot and killed during a pill robbery.

Two other pharmacy workers were also shot at the Bean Station business, but survived.

Until two weeks ago TBI and hazmat crews were wrapping up their work at the crime scene. Locals left fresh flowers at the crime scene and held a candlelight vigil for the victims.

The pharmacy owner's widow really wasn't sure if she wanted to reopen. But says she decided to because the business was so important to her husband. On Monday, July 8, a new chapter begins in this story.

"We've done some modifications, put new flooring in and changed the color scheme a little bit. The biggest thing however is the security system. We've really upgraded it adding more cameras, alarms and panic buttons," said Don Zazzi, showing us the inside, he's taking over as the new pharmacist at the business.

Zazzi says security is a huge priority as the pharmacy reopens. It was behind the counter of the business that investigators say  Lovell and Sommerville were made to kneel down, then shot in the head.

For a while after the robbery, the pharmacy's future was in question. But the family knew the pharmacy was a place Stephen Lovell loved, and had put a lot of work into.

"This was Stephen's legacy. It was what he wanted to do. So the best thing to do was to continue his style of pharmacy," Zazzi explained.

Other business at the small strip mall that houses the pharmacy, like Bean Station Barber Shop, say the reopening is critical to their recovery as well.

"When it first happened, it was just very different to be here. Everyone is starting to heal and just them opening back up is going to be a big healing for all of us," said Susan Conway, who cuts hair at the shop.

"This is a tragic situation and we're trying to make the best out of it," Zazzi said.

 Most of the staff who worked at the pharmacy will be returning to work at the business.

This includes Alexia Wilson, one of the girls who was shot during the robbery.

The only new staff member will be Zazzi, the new pharmacist. He will take over Lovell's role as pharmacist.

 

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