Slain Farmington Hills party store owner would ‘do anything for you’

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills party store owner Duraid Lossia let customers who were short on cash have items and pay for them later and gave people down on their luck odd jobs to help them out.

Those are the kinds of good deeds many recalled during a candlelight vigil held in front of his store Sunday night, as police continue to search for his killer. Those who knew him said the 59-year-old Lossia loved helping people out.

Dozens of people showed up in the light rain to remember the man they knew as Dave. Some had known him for decades and held candles, told stories, cried, hugged or sang songs with others. Many didn’t know his real name, they just knew he was a good person.

“He was a nice guy, and he was local in the community,” said Roberta Wiggle, 42, of Southfield, who helped organize the vigil that took place in the 20900 block of Inkster Road.

Lossia, the owner of Tom’s Party Store, was gunned down at his business Saturday afternoon, and the store was still blocked off by yellow police tape this evening.

“Anyone who knew him would not want to hurt him,” said Eric Johnston, 30, of Redford Township. “I’ve never heard one person say anything bad about him.”

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