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Family, friends mourn loss of man gunned down outside Salt Lake store where he worked

Thompson Kamara, 21, was shot and killed on Dec. 30, 2020, outside the Corner Stop convenience store where he worked in Salt Lake City.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Friends and family members are mourning the loss of a man who was gunned down in front of a Salt Lake convenience store where he worked.

On Monday, Salt Lake police confirmed the victim’s identity. Thompson Kamara, 21, was standing outside the Corner Stop store, 203 E. Hampton Ave. (1200 South) about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday with other people when a gray Nissan Altima pulled up and a gunman got out of the vehicle and fired seven to 10 shots, according to witnesses.

As of Monday, no arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.

Kamara was working at the store that evening, according to a GoFundMe account started by his sister.

“My little brother was someone that was joyful, full of life and always positive. He was only 21 and just starting his life and to have it end so suddenly and so swiftly has rocked my family to its core,” the sister said. “This is something we don’t even know if we can recover from.”

Numerous tributes and messages of condolence have been posted on social media and on the GoFundMe page.

“We are absolutely devastated by the this tragedy! Thompson was one to light up the whole room with his unique fits. His laughter would dominate the room with his presence! Our hearts and prayers go out to his family in this time of morning. Thompson will be truly missed and never forgotten!!! We love you Thompson! Hope heaven knows how lucky they are to have you!!!” wrote a family member.

“thomp you were my best friend and helped me through so many things, I wouldn’t be here without you. you’re the most unique selfless loving soul i’ve met and impacted everyone nah your soul rest easy I love you,” another person wrote.

Another recalled memories of him at Highland High School, while another person commented on the number of people affected by Kamara’s loss.

“He was incredibly meaningful to so, so many people and impacted many peoples lives.”

“Thompson was a wonderful friend of mine in high school and afterwards. He was always so energetic and bright and happy. He always made me laugh, he made everyone laugh, he was absolutely hilarious. I’m going to miss thomp so much and I am sending love to his family,” another post stated.

A candlelight vigil was held for Kamara over the weekend and was attended by many who knew him.

“The impact you had on everyone around you was absolutely insane. I truly don’t think you ever could have understood how much people envied, looked up to & loved you. Your presence always had such a positive vibe & everyone that knew you felt it,” one man wrote on Facebook.

Police have not released a possible motive for the shooting.

Correction: A cutline in an earlier version said Kamara was killed Dec. 23 but should have said Dec. 30.