7-Eleven offers $5,000 for arrest in killing of south St. Louis store clerk


by KMOV.com Staff


Posted on August 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 6:04 PM

(KMOV.com) – 7-Eleven is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who helps catch a suspect they say shot and killed a clerk at one of its south St. Louis stores in early June.

Police said 30-year-old Mon Rai was killed by a gunman at the 7-Eleven located at Gravois and Bates around 12:30 a.m. on June 10.

Officers responded after a customer found Rai lying on the floor bleeding, suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. 

He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities later released surveillance photos the suspect, who was armed with a silver, semi-automatic handgun and appears to have a light complexion. He is between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9 with a medium to stocky build. The suspect was wearing a unique black jacket, black pants, black tennis shoes, black gloves and a black ski mask.

Rai, a Bhutanese refugee who was excited about his new life in America, left behind a pregnant wife who gave birth to the couple’s second child a week after his death.

“Anytime I see face of my children I think about him,” said Susila Rai, who added their daughter, Rachel, looks like her father.

While CrimeStoppers was already offering a $1,000 reward for info leading to an arrest, 7-Eleven announced Monday it would give away $5,000 for an arrest and conviction.

To qualify for the reward, anyone with information should contact the St. Louis Police Department Homicide Section’s main line at 314-444-5371. They may also submit a written claim for the reward no later than 30 days after indictment to the Asset Protection Dept. at 7-Eleven, Inc., 1722 Routh St., Suite 1000, Dallas TX 75201.  

A trust fund has been set up to help Susila and her children at Southern Commercial Bank. Donations can be made at any branch.