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Quanell X takes on case of man slain by Houston Subway robbers

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 3:56 pm, Thursday, September 19, 2013

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  • Quanell X right, speaks during a press conference in front of the Subway sandwich shop at Loop 610 and MLK Blvd. where customer Christopher McGrew was killed during a robbery Tuesday at the shop, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: James Nielsen

    Quanell X right, speaks during a press conference in front of the Subway sandwich shop at Loop 610 and MLK Blvd. where customer Christopher McGrew was killed during a robbery Tuesday at the shop, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

    Photo: James Nielsen

 

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Community activist Quanell X and the family of a man who was fatally shot during a robbery at a sandwich shop in southeast Houston Tuesday pleaded with the public to help police find his killers.

The shooting happened about 9:20 p.m. at a Subway eatery at 6410 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to the Houston Police Department.

Police said Christopher McGrew, 36, was eating when two men carrying pistols dashed into the restaurant and robbed the business. They confronted McGrew and apparently tried to rob him. He fought back and was shot. He died at the scene.

So far police say they have no suspects in the case.

McGrew was a quiet, nice man who was a regular at the sandwich shop, his sister, LaFreda McGrew, said at a news conference in front the Subway Thursday afternoon. She said he was a fixture in the neighborhood where people knew and liked him. They called him the DVD Man, she said, because he could always be seen riding his bicycle through the area and selling DVDs. He also was a musician who played gospel music.

Christopher McGrew's mother, Sammi McGrew, said her son was a wonderful man. She asked those who killed him to surrender to police so justice could be served.

"I hope they get what they deserve," she said.

Anyone who knows the killers should tell police, said Quanell X. The gunmen can't be allowed to walk free in the community, he said.

"This type of crime," he added, "must stop."

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713 308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713 222-TIPS.