Murdered storeowner laid to rest

May 19, 2009 3:03:07 PM PDT
Friends and family say good bye to a Humboldt Park storeowner who was shot during an apparent robbery. Police are still searching for a suspect in the murder of Michael Norton, 55. He was killed last week.

Services were held at Saint Petronille Church in Glen Ellyn.

"He's a wonderful guy he was a wonderful dad. he was kind to everybody," said Nancy Lindstrom, mother-in-law

"Probably one of the best men i've known in my life my 32 years on this earth. Good guy, lotta heart. We'll miss mike love you man," said Jim Cernuska, friend.

On Thursday evening Chicago police responded to Norton Sweet Shop in the 4700- block of West North Avenue. Norton, a single father, was shot at the store. He died at the scene.

He took over Norton Sweet Shop after his father died. He also owned the apartment above it.

"He was teacher teaching me how to live. I've had a very rough life. He was just an excellent man," said Paul Mendyk, friend.

Friends and relatives remember the man who was generous and loyal.

"It was a shame it had to happen to such a wonderful person. He's gonna be missed by family and friends and those around his neighborhood," said Steve Lindstrom, family friend.

"Whatever he was going through, he always had a smile and he loves his daughter dearly. He'll be missed by an awful lot of people," said Sean Foley, friend.

While Norton was remembered for his support, he was no push over. He'd stood up to threats. In 1991, he shot and killed at would be robber at the store.


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