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Hannibal gas station murder reignites 17-year-old debate – Local families relive loss of loved one

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

The murder of a gas station attendant in Hannibal has given a new voice to a shooting that occurred nearly 18 years ago here in Bowling Green, as well as the proposed legislation that soon followed it.

In 1996, 21-year-old Jennifer Pribble was working the late night “third shift” at the Abel’s Oil station. On Feb. 9, the Bowling Green woman was shot to death by a man as he robbed the gas station.

This most recent incident, which occurred on Oct. 8 at the Abel’s gas station at 100 Shinn Lane in Hannibal, has reignited old flames in the hearts of a family affected by the loss of a loved one.

“This made me sick to my stomach that another family had to endure the same pain we did almost 18 years ago and to think it could be prevented,” said Theresa Cannon, Pribble’s sister.

Following Jennifer’s murder, several of her coworkers from Abel’s fought for new legislation, which they believed would increase security for overnight workers at convenience stores. This proposed law was rightfully named “Jennifer’s Law.”

The rest of Jennifer’s story is available on the front page of the Oct. 16 edition of the Bowling Green Times. You can also get the full edition of the Times by subscribing to our online version on the homepage. 

Jennifer Pribble

Jennifer Pribble