When he wasn’t going to school, David Braaf spent his nights as an overnight manager at a Boynton Beach RaceTrac gas station to support his family. But shortly before 6 p.m. on Monday, the father of two, 24, was found dead in the parking lot in the 1500 block of Southwest Eighth Street, said Boynton Beach Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. On Tuesday, family and friends of Braaf, of Boynton Beach, took to social media to express their condolences. Related Guest book for David Braaf Guest book for David Braaf Boynton Beach police investigate the discovery of a man who was found fatally shot in the back seat of a car in this parking lot along the 1500 block of Southwest 8th Street Monday evening, April 29, 2013. Boynton Beach police investigate the discovery of a man who was found fatally shot in the back seat of a car in this parking lot along the 1500 block of Southwest 8th Street Monday evening, April 29, 2013. Map Maps 1538 SW 8th Street Boynton Beach Fl USA One of them was Braaf’s cousin, Sandra Borrego. She has a son who was very close to Braaf and adds that Braaf’s mother adored her son, a former offensive lineman at Park Vista High School. “If anyone knew him, they loved him,” Borrego said. “He’s such a great person with a big heart.” The father would host parties for his son and daughter, she said, and wouldn’t hesitate to take others out on their birthdays. “There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his kids,” Borrego said. She adds that Braaf remained friends with classmates from when they were in elementary school. Borrego went to Braaf’s home on the 2300 block of Southwest 13th Street late Monday to console Braaf’s two children and his wife, Alicia, who married David Braaf on July 21, 2007, according to marriage records. The family was waiting to hear from police, hoping to hear news of any suspects in the shooting. She says after high school, Braaf served in the military, then left with an honorable discharge. “We’re all very saddened by this,” Borrego said. “It’s hard to believe.” Braaf was found in the back seat of a car after pizza shop customers grew suspicious and called police, Boynton Beach police said. Patrons at Nini’s Pizza & Italian Cuisine told police they saw two men get out of a silver Nissan and then drive away in a red Ford Explorer. Officers found David Braaf in the back seat of the Nissan. He had been shot multiple times, Slater said. David Braaf was the owner of the Ford Explorer the two men were seen driving away in, police said. The vehicle later was found abandoned a short distance away near Hibiscus Park. According to investigators, the Nissan was stolen during a carjacking in Riviera Beach several days ago. Police are following leads, Slater said.
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