Shooting victim remembered for business legacy

Published: May. 31, 2016 at 9:52 PM CDT|Updated: May. 31, 2016 at 11:15 PM CDT
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(Source: KLTV Staff)
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GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Investigators are tracking possible leads in the Memorial Day murder of an East Texas business owner.

On Monday night, Ronnie Horaney was shot and killed outside his home on Tryon Road, just outside of Longview.

Horaney was the owner of Horaney's Feed Store in Longview. The store has been a Longview staple for over 70 years.

"It's Longview forever. It's a landmark. They're a cornerstone in our community," said Horaney's cousin, Andy Mack.

Bill Thomas says he's been shopping there for about 50 years.

"You have to have somebody who is interested in the community and is willing to give back to the community," Thomas said.

Tuesday, a yellow rose and a handwritten note were placed outside the store in memory of Ronnie Horaney. Horaney was killed outside of his home Monday night.

Neighbor Bill Hutcheson said he was outside grilling when the shots were fired.

"I heard like two rapid shots and then one more shots. After that I heard somebody hollering 'oh no,'" Hutcheson said.

Ronnie Horaney's mother Betty, spoke about the killing off camera.

"I'm not supposed to be burying my son. My son was supposed to bury me. I want to know why and I want to know who would do something so senseless," Betty Horaney said.

Longview Mayor Andy Mack is a cousin to the Horaney family and he says he and Ronnie grew up together.

"Our Lebanese heritage, we're all Lebanese... is a close knit family unit. We were always around each other, always played together," Mack said.
Mack believes the businesses success speaks to the family's character.

"It's because you're doing it right, because you care about people. When you care, people will come back. It's a sad day for our community that we've lost such a wonderful guy," Mack said.

Gregg County investigators cleared the crime scene Tuesday afternoon. Right now, authorities have not identified any suspects.

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