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David "Ray" Ninemire, a 68-year-old father of four and grandfather to 10, was shot and killed during a robbery inside the Westwood Apple Market by an unknown assailant about 6 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2003.
WESTWOOD, KS (KCTV/AP) -
The only homicide in the Kansas City suburb of Westwood remains unsolved, but police say they're continuing to investigate the crime that took place a decade ago.
David "Ray" Ninemire, a 68-year-old father of four and grandfather to 10, was shot and killed during a robbery inside the Westwood AppleMarket by an unknown assailant about 6 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2003.
Ninemire worked as a produce manager for the grocery store.
The description of the suspect provided to investigators at the time was a person wearing a disguise.
"His family wanted to give us something to remember him by, and they gave us this Tree of Life," said Tracy Roby, the senior pastor at Overland Park Baptist.
It's a symbol of a man who gave his life, trying to help another.
"Ray was a servant. He really loved people and loved the people of the church," Roby said.
Due to poor health, his wife Phyllis Ninemire, now 74 years old, didn't want to talk on camera Thursday, but did talk by phone.
"He was just a man of integrity, he was a very kind person," she said.
With the 10th anniversary of Ninemire's killing, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says it's making a renewed push to solve the crime.
Teams of detectives are pouring over new and old leads and talking with everyone who may have some information that would assist them in finding the person who murdered Ninemire.
"With each passing year it gets more frustrating for law enforcement and the families," said Lt. Brian Hill with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department admits they've had hundreds of leads, but none have led to an arrest and they are reaching out to the public, for anyone that might remember something from that morning 10 years ago.
"It was a subject that appeared to be in disguise, possibly wearing a hat, dark clothing, may have had some beard on, or something to that effect," Hill said.
Becky Crabtree, lead detective on the case, says investigators also have recent leads to follow up on and will revisit previous clues and re-interview witnesses to the shooting.
There is a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for Ninemire's murder.
As for the family, the Tree of Life gives them hope that someone will come forward with new information.
"Just do the right thing and confess what you know, let the authorities know what you know. They could be walking in my shoes one of these days," Phyllis Ninemire said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS or the JohnsonCounty Sheriff's Office at 913-715-5560.
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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