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Australian gallery owner remembered in US

AAP logoAAP 29/09/2016 By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

Friends, family and strangers have laughed and cried as they remembered Australian art gallery owner Kevin Reid who was gunned down in a US street.

About 100 people, including his American wife Kari and some of Mr Reid's family members who flew from Australia, crowded into his Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday for a memorial.

The Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is still hunting the three suspects who jumped out of the shadows on September 21 as Mr and Ms Reid were walking hand-in-hand on an after dinner stroll on a street near their home.

"It seems surreal," Leonie Atkinson, Mr Reid's sister, told Savannah TV station WJCL.

"I keep thinking I'm going to wake up and it's all going to be a dream."

Ms Atkinson will take part of her brother's ashes home to Australia and she says she is so saddened by the killing she likely will not return to the US.

"It's going to be a really hard journey home," Ms Atkinson said.

Mr Reid, 54, was hailed a hero by his wife.

Before he was shot he pushed her away from the robbers, described by police as three black males, with one wearing a bandanna over his face,

Ms Reid, who this week should have been celebrating her first wedding anniversary with her Canberra-born husband, announced a reward fund would be set up to help capture his killers.

"We need to get these guys behind bars," Ms Reid said.

"Nobody needs to go through what I went through the past week - nobody."

Mr Reid spent 25 years living in Alice Springs, developed a love for Aboriginal art and only opened up his Savannah gallery in April.

Family friend Marcia Banes said the memorial was a celebration of Mr Reid's life, with friends and family laughing and crying as they told stories about his humour and generosity.

"It was healing," Ms Banes told AAP.

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