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December 17--  Vidalia police are investigating the death of a Vidalia convenience store operator.

Vidalia Police Chief Frant Waits identifies the victim as 47-year-old Harry Patel.

{mosimage}He ran the B-P Convenience Store at the intersection of Highway 280 and Maple Drive in Vidalia and had been living here for about 18 months, according to friends.  

The killing happened about 10:15 Monday night on the side of the street not far from Patel's apartment at 1911 Manning Drive.  He was taken initially to Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia and flown to a Savannah hospital where he died just after midnight.

Friends at the scene believe he came home from his store and was killed after parking his car.  They speculate the motive was robbery.