Daughters of Bean Station pharmacy shooting victim remember fath

Daughters of Bean Station pharmacy shooting victim remember father nearly one year later

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New Market, TN - By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

NEW MARKET (WATE) - Nearly one year ago, tragedy hit Down Home Pharmacy in Bean Station. Investigators say on May 23, 2013, Jason Holt tried stealing prescription pills from the pharmacy. Police say Holt shot four people, killing pharmacy owner Stephen Lovell of Morristown and Richard Sommerville of Bean Station.

We caught up with Sommerville's daughters Wednesday.

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Flipping through photo albums is bitter-sweet. "His life was too short," said Sommerville's daughter Sally Sommerville.

It's been a tough year for the family, since losing their father and grandfather.

"There's been an empty seat at the table and the holidays aren't the same," said Sommerville.

As this anniversary inches closer, memories from May 23, 2013 rush back for Sommerville, "I actually got a phone call from my dad's cell phone, I said 'Hey dad.' and it was a woman who asked me 'Are you the daughter of Kathy?' I said yes and she said 'You need to get to Down Home Pharmacy.'"

In honor of each victim, Bean Station city leaders are creating scholarships.

"I know he'd be honored that it went to somebody that was going to a technical school to learn a trade like he did," said Sommerville.

Family members wear pins with their father and grandfather's picture, so that they'll never forget their unforgettable dad.

"When he came in the door, everyone knew he was there. I miss him," said daughter Kelly Frick.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, the one year anniversary of this shooting, at 10 a.m. near Bean Station City Hall.

Jason Holt's trial is scheduled to start September 30.
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