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

Durham County News
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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Kong Lee, the owner of the Kaffeinate coffee shop in downtown Durham, was killed in last week’s explosion. On Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, 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, which was scheduled for 8 a.m. by students from Durham School of the Arts, will now be held Wednesday morning. Another vigil will be held outside the Durham School of the Arts on Morgan Street at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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