Community Mourns Beloved Detroit Business Owner

DETROIT (WWJ) – “Heartbreaking”: That’s how one mourner describes the death of a longtime Detroit party store owner, murdered as he prepared to open for business earlier this week.

“He was a great father, a great husband. He served a community in Detroit and we’ve got to do something to stop these senseless acts of violence,” the man said.

Friends, neighbors and family streamed into a Southfield Funeral Home Thursday evening to pay their final respects to 63-year-old Faraj “Fred” Dally.

Residents of Daily’s northwest Detroit neighborhood called him a local hero, who stayed long after other businesses had left the area and often offered help to customers who needed it.

Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce President Martin Manna was a friend of Dally.

“I think it’s a big loss for this entire region, really,” said Manna. “The kind of people that are serving others … and for him to be killed like that, senselessly, makes no sense to anybody.”

Dally was a past chairman of the Association of Food and Petroleum Dealers.

A reward of $50,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.