Makeshift memorial set up outside deli for slain employee

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A makeshift memorial has been set up outside a Brooklyn deli Friday where an 80-year-old employee was shot and killed earlier this week.

Mark Thomas, 41, was arrested Thursday after police say he fatally shot 80-year-old Abdulla Yafaee, a worker at 797 Deli on Stanley Avenue in East New York following an argument Tuesday.

According to police, Yafaee refused to sell a can of beer to Thomas who was 50 cents short on the purchase.

The two got into an argument, and Thomas left the store only to return a short while later and shoot Yafaee once in the chest, investigators say.

Yafaee was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

Thomas faces charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

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