2 vigils being held to honor memory of Durham coffee shop owner killed in explosion

North Carolina

Kong Lee, the owner of the Kaffeinate coffee shop in downtown Durham, was killed in last week’s gas explosion that partially collapsed the building. On Tuesday, people will come together to honor his memory.

For those who had never been to Kaffeinate coffee before, it’s telling that there are two vigils to honor the man that many in the area considered an inspiration.

The coffee shop was popular among not only people who lived in the area but students from the Durham School of the Arts, which is just a block away.

There were reportedly eight to 10 people inside of the shop the morning of the gas explosion. All made it out safe, but the 61-year-old Lee remained behind in the shop that he and his family had worked so hard to build into a success. Some in Durham considered Kaffeinate to be the embodiment of the American dream.

The first vigil will be held at 8 a.m. by students from Durham School of the Arts. The City of Durham will hold another vigil at 8 p.m.

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