Arrest in 3-year-old liquor store owner murder satisfies family - KCTV5

Arrest in 3-year-old liquor store owner murder satisfies family

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Larry Marshall, 33, faces first-degree murder charges in the slaying of 61-year-old Gerry Grovenburg. Larry Marshall, 33, faces first-degree murder charges in the slaying of 61-year-old Gerry Grovenburg.
The Kansas City Metro Squad released a composite sketch three years ago of a person of interest who was seen at Mr. G's Liquor Store on the night of the owner's death. The Kansas City Metro Squad released a composite sketch three years ago of a person of interest who was seen at Mr. G's Liquor Store on the night of the owner's death.
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

After three years with no answers in a deadly Shawnee liquor store shooting, a suspect has been arrested and charged with the murder of the former owner.

Larry Marshall, 33, faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of 61-year-old Gerry Grovenburg.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to set a $1 million bond. Marshall is being held in the Johnson County Jail and will make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

On May 12, 2010, a customer found Grovenburg dead behind the counter of Mr. G.'s Liquor, which Grovenburg owned.

The motive behind the shooting has been unknown all this time since nothing was taken from the store.

Grovenburg's wife and son sold the store, and at one point, they put in more cash for a reward fund to help police solve the crime. The family members now feel a sense of satisfaction at the charge being filed, particularly after enduring dark days where they feared no arrest would ever come.

"It's just the appreciation to all the law enforcement, the Metro Squad, everybody who worked so hard on this case," said Duane Grovenburg, the victim's brother.

He admitted that the family had feared leads would dry up with no resolution and their loss would be forgotten.

"You start to lose hope after a while. You start to worry will they find anyone? Will anyone be held accountable. As a family, we're just really grateful an arrest has been made," he said.

Duane Grovenburg flew in from the East Coast to be with his sister in law and nephew, who have had tough times since their loved one's murder.

Capt. Bill Hisle with the Shawnee Police Department said last week that detectives recently received information that a gun used in the murder might have been dumped on the east side of the Turner Diagonal in Kansas City, KS.

Officers searched for it last week, leading to traffic delays.

Police aren't releasing any details about what evidence led them to arrest Marshall.

Some of those who knew Grovenburg are relieved by the arrest, but remain heartbroken by the loss.

"You don't expect crime like that in this area," liquor store customer Bob Gray said. "It was startling. So I'm glad to hear that someone was found and they caught him. . . . It was such a senseless thing."

His fiance, Elizabeth Ferrari, said Grovenburg truly cared about his customers.

"He was a wonderful man. He liked to watch oldie type movies, and I would always come in and ask him what he was watching today. He was just a gracious man," she said.

Duane Grovenburg said the arrest brings some closure, but pain still remains.

"It's kind of a hollow feeling. There is a sense of satisfaction," he said. "But with a tragedy like this, it's just hard to really feel any sense of relief."

KCTV5's DeAnn Smith and Amy Anderson contributed to this report.

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