Slain Greek Restaurateur’s Family Speak About His Murder

“It’s horrible,” Maria Karaloukas, widow of Jimmy the Greek Taverna owner Dimitrios Karaloukas told CBS 12 news in Boca Raton, FL. “It’s something  that’s so non-expected,” she added.

“We are devastated. There’s just no words, there’s absolutely no words for what’s going on right now.” Karaloukas owned the restaurant for the past seven years, and was in there sitting with customers on the evening of March 13 when one of his employees, Tilus Lebrun, a Haitian-born 42 year-old man who lived in Pompano Beach and worked at the Taverna as a dishwasher, stabbed Karaloukas with a large knife.

Lebrun later told police he killed Karaloukas because he had posted a picture of Lebrun on the Internet without Lebrun’s consent. The picture in question has yet to be identified.

“That’s the biggest story yet,” Maria Karaloukas said, questioning the veracity of Lebrun’s explanation. “We have yet to see this picture. I would love to see this picture my husband put out there.”

She told Boca’s local NBC News 5 “I’ve gone through my husband’s phone, through his Facebook, I’ve gone through everything, there was no picture.”

Karaloukas daughter Stephanie Gray described her father ti CBS 12 as “one of the strongest individuals I’ve ever met. He loved everybody,” she added. His wife and children, his friends, and everyone who came into the restaurant.

By killing her father, Lebrun “didn’t only rob my father, he robbed us all of our life,” she added. The restaurant has been closed since the killing, but is scheduled to reopen on March 24, with Maria Karaloukas running it. It is his legacy, she told NBC 5, it’s what he would have wanted.


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