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'He had a huge heart': Family mourns death of convenience store clerk killed in Arlington armed robbery

Updated: 8:02 PM CST January 17, 2021
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Updated at 8:00 p.m. with additional information about victim Jordan Hightower from his family.

A convenience store clerk was found shot dead behind a store counter early Sunday morning in Arlington, police said.

Police responded shortly before 5 a.m. to the incident at the E-Z Mart store on the 100 block of East Bardin Road after a customer had gone into the store and found the clerk unresponsive.

The clerk was pronounced dead at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds, police said. Family members later identified the clerk as 30-year-old Jordan Hightower. Hightower was a D-FW native and a graduate of Mansfield High School, his family said.

Kristin Reynolds, Hightower's wife of a year, drove to the gas station to pick him up and was then told her husband was dead. On top of that, today is her birthday.

Reynolds told WFAA Hightower took the clerk job with big plans in mind.

"It had been tough for them to keep an overnight staff member just because of the nature of the job, the hours, and just kind of the things that came along with it," she said. "He said, 'No. Iím going to be the person to work this shift and Iím going to get into management and take this store over and itís going to be a place where everybody can come.'"

Reynolds described Hightower as a man who could make anybody smile ó someone who could talk to anybody.

"He had a huge heart. Even if he had nothing to give," Reynolds said.

She showed WFAA Hightower's cross necklace. Reynolds said Hightower wore it every day as a reminder of his faith in his salvation. She now vows to wear his cross and his wedding ring every day.

"Iím never going to take it off. It holds us together. Without God, weíre not going to make it through."

The family has set up a GoFundMe to pay for Hightower's funeral expenses. Click here if you would like to donate.


Police had not received any calls or alarms at the store before the suspected shooter walked in, officials said, but now believe Hightower was killed during an armed robbery based on surveillance footage authorities recovered.

"This was completely one of the most brazen armed robberies Iíve ever seen," said Arlington Police Department Lieutenant Christopher Cook. "Typically a robber will give demands. This suspect gave no warning and just began firing at the clerk."

The footage showed a man, pictured below, who police describe as Black with a slim build and long hair. He was wearing a red ball cap, red jacket and a dark-colored shirt when he entered the store around 3:30 a.m.

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