WATCH: Tattoo parlor owner shot and killed while protecting customers


by By Courtney Zubowski / 11 News

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 20 at 11:09 AM

HOUSTON -- Gunman shot and killed the owner of the Black Widow Tattoo Parlor in northwest Houston. Police say the owner was protecting his customers from robbers.

Tattoo parlor owner shot and killed while protecting customers
April 8, 2009

Now friends and family are remembering the man who sacrificed his life to protect others.

"I'm wearing him on the insides of both arms," said victim's friend Bart Stewart, while showing his tattoos. "His dream was to always open the shop and he was relentless in getting this shop open."

But early Wednesday morning, the shop turned into a crime scene.

Investigators say three men, dressed in dark clothes and wearing bandanas to cover their faces, tried to rob customers at the Black Widow Tattoo Parlor. Friends say Steve Robbins got in the middle of the robbery and paid for his actions with his life. He was shot several times.

"It didn't shock me at all that he put himself at risk to protect his customers. He did not have a fearful bone in his body," Stewart said.

Friends say that Robbins wasn't only brave, but generous.

"If they would have came to Steve and asked him for whatever, he would have gladly, and all of us agree, taken his shirt off his back," one friend said.

Friends say by no means was Robbins a perfect angel, but he didn't deserve to die like this.

Police are looking for three suspects who left in a white four door Cadillac with dark tinted windows and chrome wheels.

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