Community holds candlelight vigil for LaPlace armed robbery victims

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 11:40 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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LAPLACE, La. - A day after a LaPlace couple fell victim to a deadly armed robbery at their family-run business community members showed up to candlelight vigil on Wednesday night to pray for Constance and Steven Finckbeiner.

"For something like this to occur, it doesn't just affect the immediate family. It affects everyone," said Rev. Donald August with Rising Star Baptist Church.

From near and far they came and gathered outside LaPlace Feed and Supply. Lighting candles for the couple who ran the store for decades, now victims of a violent crime.

On Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office responded to an armed robbery inside the store. When deputies arrived, authorities say 63-year-old Steven Finckbeiner was dead at the scene. His 58-year-old wife was also shot and airlifted to University Hospital. Family members say she is now back at home.

"Let me tell you, Steve didn't take anything off of anybody. He's a good businessman. But he didn't tolerate no stupidity around here. He'd run them off," said LaPlace resident Brent Duhe.

Public records show that the Finckbeiners opened the feed shop back in 1985. Since then they've touched the lives of many people.

"We knew this was quite a tragedy here in the community. It's an established business that's been here for many years and many of the residents were constant visitors and patrons of this business," said Rev. August.

Surveillance video shows two men leaving the feed store, shortly after the shooting. A man in a red jacket is the first to appear, followed by another man carrying what looks like a cash register. The sheriff's office is asking neighbors to help identify these suspects.

While the investigation continues, this LaPlace community continues to band together to grieve for a couple well known and well liked.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office says it continues to follow many leads from the public. If you can help with their investigation call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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