The tragic killing of an Indiana jeweler marks the first industry-related homicide this year.
According to Indiana state police, John Turner, 78, was killed by a gunshot wound sustained during a robbery on Nov. 7 at his Austin, Ind., store, John’s Coins and Jewelry.
Police say they have nabbed a person of interest in the case, who was arrested on Nov. 9 along with two others who were wanted for auto theft. After a search of the property, police uncovered property, money, and jewelry linked to Turner’s murder.
John Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, says that he was hoping that the year would end without any jewelers killed in the course of business.
“It would have been the first year in history,” he says.
He notes that homicides remain at historically low levels, due to greater support from law enforcement.
Turner is described in an online obituary as “man that loved God, his church, and family.” Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Reva; two daughters; three brothers; two sisters; and five grandchildren.