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Family of slain Phoenix security guard wants 'justice, not revenge'

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The family of slain security guard Jeff Bellemare say they only want justice in finding who killed Bellemare the day after Thanksgiving. (Source: CBS 5 News) The family of slain security guard Jeff Bellemare say they only want justice in finding who killed Bellemare the day after Thanksgiving. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Bellemare was retired but took the security guard job for extra income. (Source: CBS 5 News) Bellemare was retired but took the security guard job for extra income. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Police released these sketches of the murder suspects. (Source: CBS 5 News) Police released these sketches of the murder suspects. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Karan Bellemare met the man she would marry when she was just a teenager.

"I think what I fell in love with was his smile and his sense of humor," said Karan Bellemare.

She and her husband, Jeff Bellemare, spent 34 years together. The couple raised two boys and made a home in the West Valley. But ever since Jeff Bellemare's murder in November, just making it through the day has become a challenge for his family.

"It's very hard because he's not around anymore," said Jeff Bellemare's son, Kyle Bellemare.

"Just the loneliness. I miss seeing Jeff and hearing his voice. That has probably been the hardest part for me," Karan Bellemare said.

The 59-year-old was retired. He took the security job to make some extra money. Jeff Bellemare worked at the Graybriar apartment complex near Maryvale Parkway and Indian School for about a year.

"The fact that Jeff was unarmed, and that he was working at night, I had a bad feeling for quite some time and I did express that to him," Karan Bellemare said.

It was 1:30 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving when police said a man and woman walked up to Jeff Bellemare while he was patrolling the complex on his bike. Witnesses told police the suspects got into an argument with Jeff Bellemare and shot him.

Karan Bellemare believes someone in the complex has information that could crack the case. She and her son are hopeful that person will do the right thing.

"We don't want revenge. We just want justice served," said Karan Bellemare.

After Jeff Bellemare's death, his family was honored by Arizona's Private Security Guard Professional's Committee.

The group is having a chili cook-off fundraiser April 26. at Bobby D's Restaurant and Lounge, 10604 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone with information about the suspects or shooting is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377).

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