Daniel R. Holmes, 47, who was fatally shot Saturday while trying to recover a stolen purse, was the operator of a family grocery store in Silver Hill, Md, and a former mail carrier.

The incident that led to his death began when two gunmen entered Mr. Holme's store -- Danny, Mike and Paul's Grocery, which Mr. Holmes operated with his wife, Shirley Elaine -- and stole the purse of a patron. They then fled in an automobile.

Mr. Holmes and a stepson, Paul Brown, gave chase in their own car and forced the fleeing vehicle to the side of the street after it had crossed into the District of Columbia. Mr. Holmes was shot when he reached into the robbers' car to get the stolen purse.

On Monday, Jerome Mobley, 29, and his brother, Willie Evans Mobley, 27, both of Washington, were arraigned in D.C. Superior Court on felony murder charges in connection with the incident.

Mr. Holmes began operating the grocery about six years ago, after retiring from the Postal Service. He had joined the old Post Office Department in 1951 as a mail sorter and later worked as a mail carrier. In 1953 and 1954, Mr. Holmes served in the Army in Korea.

He was born in Widen, W. Va., and attended high school in Clarksburg, W. Va.

Mr. Holmes lived in Hillcrest Heights. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Washington and King David Masonic Lodge No. 6.

His community activities included sponsorship of recreation center basketball teams.

Besides his wife, and his stepson, Paul Brown of Washington, survivors include three daughters, Artina Brooks-Campbell and Jane Smith, both of Oxon Hill, and Kimmarie, of Hillcrest Heights; two sons, Daniel Jr. and Averett, also of Hillcrest Heights, four brothers, Carl, of Upper Mariboro, Johnny of District Heights, and Michael and Ronnie, both of Oxon Hill; two sisters, Jean P. Jones of District Heights and Doris, of Washington, and three grandchildren.