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Haven Drugs, Site Of Medford Massacre, Reopens Early

Customers Flock To Pharmacy To Offer Support To Saddened Owner
A makeshift memorial at Haven Drugs - Medford, NY - Jun 22, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

A makeshift memorial at Haven Drugs – Medford, NY – Jun 22, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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MEDFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It’s back open.

The Long Island pharmacy where four people were gunned down during a robbery reopened Monday, a week ahead of schedule, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Haven Drugs was the scene of the Father’s Day massacre that ended with four people dead, including two of the store’s employees.

On Monday, longtime customers returned to see store owner Vinnie Kudchadkar back in business, but with a heavy heart.

“A little shaky I guess,” customer Jessica Trinca said.

“Sad, no fear anything, just sad for him. He gave me a big hug. I gave him a big hug,” Louis Polak added.

CBS 2 took exclusive pictures inside the pharmacy last week, when store employees went in, to prepare for Monday’s reopening. And the place was just as it was left at the time of the massacre: empty wooden shelves; the counter the assassin jumped over; the aisle and floor where bottles of peroxide lay turned over.

Trinca said it’s all cleaned up.

“Just emptier, the shelves are empty, and stuff like that. I didn’t even look around to be honest. Just went up, said hello, walked out,” Trinca said.

The business is trying to go on in memory of victims Raymond Ferguson, Jennifer Mejia, Jaimie Taccetta, and Bryon Sheffield.

The suspected killer in the massacre, 33-year-old David Laffer, is still in jail and has been indicted on five counts of first-degree murder. His wife, Melinda Brady, is facing first-degree robbery charges.

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