NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A vigil was held Sunday evening for a New Jersey store owner who was kidnapped and killed earlier this week.

Family, friends and customers gathered at the deli on Osborne Terrace in Newark where 26-year-old Jose Flaco Rivas was abducted Friday morning, CBS 2 reported.

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Rivas was found about a mile away in front of a house on Hunterdon Street, bleeding from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to University Hospital in Newark, but was pronounced dead in the ambulance, officials said.

Those who attended the vigil described Rivas as a smart businessman, but also one with an incredibly big heart.

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“The importance of our vigil today was to let the people from the community come back and pray and to just let his family and others know how much they appreciated him,” said Minister Thomas Ellis.

“Hard worker, young guy, very friendly,” said Rivas’ cousin.

So far, there have been no arrests in the case.

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