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Ferguson business owner 'overwhelmed by love, kindness, service'

Eugene Gillis plays his trumpet in front of the burned-out shell of Juantia's Fashions R Boutique on Nov. 28 along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson. After the violence of Nov. 2, Gillis wanted to brighten the mood and engage onlookers in positive conversation.

Plywood covered the broken front windows of her restaurant, the back door served as the main entrance, and no diners appeared on this afternoon.

Yet, Maria Flores counted her blessings.

"God was watching over us," Flores said, standing in the intact dining area at El Palenque restaurant about a block from the Ferguson Police Department.

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