Dimitrios Karaloukas, owner of Jimmy the Greek restaurant, remembered

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Outside the Karaloukas home in Boca Raton, cars line the property.

Inside, a family grieves over the loss of their patriarch Dimitrios who was known as Jimmy, owner of Jimmy the Greek restaurant.

"My husband smiled from sun up to sun down, he worked seven days a week, and he never complained," said his wife Maria.

She was on the way to his restaurant Thursday night when her husband was stabbed to death.

The suspect, 42-year-old Tilus Lebrun, was a dishwasher at the family restaurant for about six weeks. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Lebrun told them he stabbed Karaloukas, "because he took my photograph on March 2 and posted it on the Internet."

Maria says Lebrun pleaded with Jimmy for a job. "Someone who is that aggressive to work you think will be a good worker. What he did is unbelievable, it destroyed us all," she said.

Jimmy’s daughter said, "I don't get to hug him, neither does my son, my mom lost her best friend.”

Maria says Jimmy was finally living his dream.

They had a successful restaurant, they were surrounded by family, and - he had just become a U-S citizen.

"Tilus didn't just kill my husband he hurt the whole staff and took livelihoods away, it's a horror story that isn't ending," Maria said.

Now she is trying to focus on reopening the restaurant that she and Jimmy owned for seven years.

She says it's his legacy, it is what he would want. 

A viewing is scheduled Tuesday evening at Babione Funeral Home.

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