Murder victim’s antique shop demolished

The Emporium in Kalamazoo is demolished. (March 1, 2015)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A well-known Kalamazoo business has been demolished.

The Emporium antique store was leveled Friday to make way for a new parking lot, according to former owner Roger Medema.

Medema’s brother Robert started the business in the late 1960s and ran the store until he was murdered by two men at his Kalamazoo home in August 2012.

“It’s kind of hard to see it all demolished after his (Robert’s) tragic death. … It’s been a rough couple of years” Roger Medema told 24 Hour News 8.

“He knew most of his customers by name and each time they would come and purchase something from the store, he would sit down and thank them with a handwritten thank you note. He never owned a cellphone or a computer. He did everything by hand on paper,” he continued, remembering his late brother.

Medema said he sold the property to Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery, Inc. He said Bell owns a business next door to where the shop once stood and wants to use the site for additional parking.

Antonio Livingston and John Aguilar, the men who to robbed and murdered Robert Medema, are both currently serving life sentences in prison for the crimes.

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