Store Owner Beat To Death With Shotgun

CLEVELAND - The popular owner of T&J Beverage on Cleveland's east side was killed early Monday morning at his store on East 130th Street and Forest Avenue, Action News' Harry Boomer reported.

The neighborhood that surrounds the store was shocked and heartbroken when they found about the death of 54-year-old Thoywell Henry.

Henry was brutally beaten with the butt of a 20-gauge shotgun, police said.

One of Henry's best friends, David McAllister, was obviously crushed after hearing the news.

"I just left him at 4 p.m. on Sunday," he said.

McAllister said that this wasn't the first time that Henry confronted danger.

"He put the bulletproof glass up," McAllister said. "He had been shot in the head before. They tried to get him last year."

Monday's fatal incident occurred at the close of the business day around 12:30 a.m. Henry locked up his store and started to head home, but got only as far as his minivan before he was approached by his murderer.

Neighbors said that they overheard Henry saying, "I don't have any. I don't have any."

Pursued by his killer, he ran across East 130th Street, where he was eventually was bludgeoned to death.

Henry would have turned 55 on Sept. 12.

"He was one of the best guys you will ever meet in your lifetime," McAllister said. "He was one of the best guys you will ever see."