Australian gallery to close after owners murder

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Artwork lays sprawled out in The Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery. Work Kevin Reid has collected in an effort to help Australian artists.

And it’s all coming to an end.

“He put so much of his heart and soul into this place and you know it’s bitter sweet to close it,” Kari Reid, Kevin’s wife, said. “I know I need to close it because this was his dream and his passion and I can’t continue on.”

Someone shot and killed Kevin near his home in late September this year.

Kevin and his wife were walking along Waldburg Street when a gunman took the life of the 54-year-old.

Police have been searching for his killer ever since.

“I still have a lot of hope,” Kari said. “I have a feeling that the three men who actually came upon us that night and one of them shot my husband I believe that they’re probably committing other crimes and I’m hoping that they’ll be caught for something else.”

Kari said she has been working closely with police to catch the person who did this to her and her family.

“I have been continuously talking to the police and they’ve followed up on a couple of leads that haven’t panned out,” Kari said.

In the meantime, Kari continues to get Kevin’s affairs in order, including the store.
She plans to keep it open until Sunday, November 13th.

By next week she’ll close the doors for good and send the artwork up north to be auctioned off.

“Sending it to an auction house in Atlanta that specializes in selling folk art,” Kari said. “They actually work with a high museum of art.”

A task that’s difficult for her to grasp.

“On the other hand when I do close the doors it’s closing the doors on his dream of the place and he made it so special, so it’s hard,” Kari said. “It’s really difficult.”

She has received a lot of support from people in the community and will gain more this weekend as well.

There will be a candlelight vigil for Kevin this Saturday at the annual Second Saturday Art Walk at 6:45 p.m.

Police continue to search for the man who killed Kevin. If you have any information you’re asked to call the CrimeStopper Hotline at 912-234-2020.

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