Record store owner’s murder draws crowd in memory

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- “I'm used to seeing Jerry sitting outside and walking in to visit with you,” said Aaron Henager.

Jerry Gibson’s chair is gone. He’s not here at the store to talk Vinyl and the golden years of music, but he’s still drawing a crowd.

These friends of Jerry were strangers before Friday. They’ve now formed a bond through their common thread forged in their friendship for the Rivers Records store owner.

He’s the kind of person would have said hey here's the register you can get a lot of money for this just sale it,” said Christopher Douglas.

Police say Gibson was shot to death inside of his record store on Thursday night. Today, they’re left wishing whoever did this would just have let him live another day.

“It may have been his store but it was really his own private music collection and he let you buy some of it,” added Douglas.

They knew him as the Highland record store man who treasured music, a good story, and helping anyone who needed a hand.

“People in need would come in a lot of times with a stack of records. I’ve seen him give people 20 dollars for records not worth a dime,” said Henager.

Friends say whether you knew Gibson for a decade or a few months one thing is for certain he and his record store were a part of the fabric of Memphis.


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