James Montgomery Bigelow Sr., 54, the owner of Lombarts Liquor Store at 7th and L streets NW in Washington, was shot to death Jan. 1 during a robbery at his store.

D.C. homicide detectives said no arrests had been made in the case and that their investigation was continuing.

Mr. Bigelow was a lifelong resident of Bailey's Crossroads in Fairfax County. He graduated from the Manassas Industrial High School. He went to work for the Central Motor Co. in Alexandria and was its parts manager when he left in the early 1970s with 28 years of service. He then founded the Bigelow Trucking Co. About 1976, he purchased his liquor store.

Mr. Bigelow was a member of the Warner Baptist Church and the Springdale Civic Association in Bailey's Crossroads. He was an amateur motorcycle racer and a past master of Lodge No. 292 of the Prince Hall Masons.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Barnes Bigelow of Bailey's Crossroads; three daughters, Yvonne Butchee of Illinois, and Gertrude McKnight and Yvette Bigelow, both of Fairfax; two sons, James M. Jr. of Bailey's Crossroads, and Gregory of New York; his mother, Gertrude Bigelow Betz of Bailey's Crossroads; two sisters, Dorothy Hamm of Arlington, and Melba Clarke of Bailey's Crossroads; a brother, Leroy, also of Bailey's Crossroads, and one grandson.