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Arrest made in murder of DC deli owner June Lim

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    D.C. Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot and killed a beloved D.C. deli owner Thursday morning. Dozens gathered for a vigil for June Lim on Friday.
    D.C. Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot and killed a beloved D.C. deli owner Thursday morning. It comes as dozens gathered for a vigil outside Grace Deli on the corner of 7th Street and H Street in Northeast D.C. Friday afternoon.
WASHINGTON -

Metropolitan Police arrested a 46-year-old Northwest D.C. man for the murder of a popular H Street, NE deli owner. 

LINK: FOX 5's Paul Wagner first reported on the arrest warrant November 21.

Steven Vondell Williams is facing a second-degree murder charge for the shooting death of Hae Soon "June" Lim on June 14.

Williams was already in jail on a parole violation.

"I don't know how long these kinds of things take, but to me, five months seems pretty fast given the fact that they literally had almost nothing to go on," says Lim's 36-year-old son, Peter.

June Lim was shot to death on a Thursday morning as she opened her corner market, Grace Deli.

Police say the suspect's DNA was found on an empty gun holster found next to Lim's body. She was three weeks shy of her 65th birthday, murdered during what police say started out as an armed robbery.

"This is one of those cases that we're extremely happy to see closed," says D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. "It was frustrating for us knowing who the suspect was for some time and putting all the pieces together, but the work paid off."

Peter Lim says the ripple effects of the murder run wide and deep.

"My dad now is going to lose his home because my mom was the sole provider," he says.

Grace Deli remains closed. It is up for sale.

"So instead of my parents making a large profit from the sale of the business, retiring and purchasing a home, it's now a situation where my mom is no longer with us, my dad loses his home," Peter explains. "The business, regardless of what it sells for, all profits go to those banks and my dad literally walks away with nothing."

Peter and wife Tiffany have a baby boy. Jackson Lim was born nine weeks ago. He would have been June Lim's first grandchild.

"Very bittersweet," Peter says. "I mean, I was overjoyed my flesh and blood, my wife and I brought a child into this world. But at the same time, I was completely devastated."


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