MPD: Jewelry store employee murdered with 1-year-old feet away

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The yellow tape went up and police multiplied when they found an employee at Golden Jewelers dead behind the counter.

Noah Ashene's one-year-old son was just feet away.

Police say Ashene was stabbed during a robbery.

It happened inside Hickory Commons shopping plaza in Winchester near Kirby.

Shelia Hester said the plaza was pretty packed when it happened.

It was two in the afternoon.

There's a grocery store and several shops and restaurants next door to the crime scene.

Police scoured the strip mall looking for surveillance footage while customers stood there concerned, asking officers what happened.

"The guy here, I had known for a while when I used to work at the grocery store. I was really concerned hoping it's not who I think it is," said Chris Weaver, who used to work next door and new employees.

The uncertainty caused panic well into the night.

"He was coming up to Rainbow to get the kids some stuff. He told me to come pick him up," said customer Betty Armour.

Her brother called upset, asking for a ride.

She didn't know what was wrong until she saw the scene.

"That's ridiculous. That's terrible," she said.

She too shops at Golden Jewelers.

"Everybody in there is so nice. Very sweet peoples. Oh my God," said Armour. "They don't deserve this."

Many were unable to grasp the terror and tragedy a child witnessed, leaving a family destroyed.

Worthy wouldn't say what the suspect was wearing or where he was last seen. He would only say the suspect wore a mask.

Stay with WREG for updates.