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    Redner's Market Executive Slain

    Investigation is under way for the death of the company's executive vice president of procurement and director of wholesale operations.

    READING, Pa. -- An executive of Redner's Markets, a supermarket and convenience store chain based here, was slain over the weekend in his Berks County home, The Associated Press reported, citing state police.

    Gary Redner, 55, worked for Redner's Markets as its executive vice president of procurement and director of wholesale operations. Redner was killed between 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday in his Lower Heidelberg Township, Pa., home, according to police cited by the AP.

    "My son was extremely popular. If he had an enemy, I don't know who he was," father Earl Redner, 82, told the AP. "He was probably the most popular person in the company, and that includes me."

    Earl Redner, who founded the company and has since retired, told the AP he last spoke to his son Saturday from Charleston, S.C., where he lives part-time. His son seemed in good spirits and did not voice any particular concerns, or discuss his plans for the day, according to the report.

    Gary Redner was divorced with two adult children, and lived alone, according to the AP, which cited his father.

    Information from an autopsy performed Sunday wasn't released, according to the report. State police told the AP early Monday that the death was a homicide.

    "He was a very gregarious man. We would like to think that anyone who knew him professionally or personally, and may have some kind of direction or suggestion, that they would contact us," Lt. Thomas McDaniel of the state police, told the AP.

    Redner's Markets operates 39 Warehouse Markets and 12 Redner's Quick Shoppe convenience stores in eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York, according to the report.

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