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Wildomar KwikStop Owner Remembered During Candlelight Vigil

“She was a beautiful soul. I just adored her,” said Wildomar resident Eva Maher.

More than 50 people gathered Friday night outside KwikStop Market & Liquor in Wildomar for a candlelight vigil to remember the store’s owner, Yonghye You.

“I feel the community has lost a truly remarkable woman,” said Murrieta resident Mike Ainsworth who has been a longtime KwikStop patron.

As the You family wiped tears and shared hugs, Ainsworth and other neighbors offered their thoughts about the 51-year-old shopkeeper, whose tragic death at the store late on the night of March 27 has left a void in the community. With their lit candles reflecting off KwikStop’s temporarily closed glass doors and windows, the gatherers described You as a bright and cheerful spirit who made everyone feel welcome in her store.

“She was a beautiful soul. I just adored her,” said Wildomar resident Eva Maher, a longtime friend.

Maher said she has lived in the community for nearly 20 years and had come to know You as a close confidant, explaining that she visited KwikStop located at 32395 Clinton Keith Road two to three times a day to chat with the petite storeowner about life and kids. When the market didn’t open March 28, she realized there was a problem.

“I called Yonghye and there was no answer. I knew something was wrong,” she said.

All who spoke Friday said what they treasure most about You is what she offered to the community: a positive, sweet attitude.

“She was always smiling and working her little hinny off,” one woman recalled.

Ainsworth said he felt he’d lost a friend, even though he was only a store patron.

“When you shake someone’s hand, there is a human being there,” he said. “It does mean something.”

Judy Lockyer April 06, 2013 at 05:42 AM
I will miss this sweet sincere soul.
Cindy Petersen April 06, 2013 at 08:57 PM
What a beautiful tribute!
LLR Really? April 07, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Such a beautiful lady and a dear friend, I cannot believe this could happen. I feel like I've lost my best friend. My heart goes out to her family.

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