Mary Ellen Grovenburg said her $4,000 contribution to the reward fund to find her husband's killer is her way of keeping the unsolved homicide in the public eye.
"He (Gerry Grovenburg) spent 35 years building this business up," she said of her late husband who was killed this year while working at Mr. G's Liquor Store in Shawnee. "We felt we weren't going to let someone take it away in such a terrible way."
Mary Ellen and her son, Michael Grovenburg, said they took over the business in honor of their beloved father and husband. But the two are still looking for answers to who killed Gerry inside the store in May.
"This was not a robbery," Mary Ellen said. "They did not even come near the cash register. They just stepped in the door, shot him once and left."
Shawnee police conducted a traffic stop during the same hours when Grovenburg was killed in hopes it would lead to clues. Family members are doing their part to find his killer.
"I hope somebody will say something, and it will lead somewhere," Mary Ellen said. "We just have to try everything we can."
Mary Ellen reopened the business three weeks after Grovenburg's death, with added surveillance cameras. The family said it is selling the business because Gerry had planned to retire this year.
"It's very difficult, but my husband was going to do this (retire)," Mary Ellen said.
Mary Ellen said it was only after her husband died that she realized how close he was to the community and their customers. She said countless people have come into the store to relive old memories of Gerry.