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Taxi drivers rally in Queens after passengers accused of beating driver Kutin Gyimah to death

NEW YORK — There’s a rally in Queens on Sunday after a taxi cab driver was overwhelmed to death by passengers who, in accordance to police, refused to pay their fare and tried to rob him.  

A sea of taxi drivers and the sufferer’s household had been anticipated to collect beginning at 10 a.m., CBS2’s Christina Fan reported from Woodside. 

Kutin Gyimah was lower than two hours into his shift Saturday morning when police referred to as his household with the information of his death. 

Gyimah, described as a peaceable man, took his final experience at work at round 7 a.m. Police mentioned he drove 5 passengers to Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard in Far Rockaway. The suspects did not pay their fare and tried to rob him, police mentioned. 

“That’s awful. That’s just awful,” mentioned Katherine Wood, of Co-Op City. 

“Why do you have to attack someone for no reason? How much really is that money? You took somebody’s life. Come on,” mentioned Joe Tompo, a household buddy. 

According to witnesses, Gyimah tried chasing the three males and two ladies when he was hit in the again of the top. Gyimah fell to the bottom, hit his head, lost consciousness and later died at St. John’s Hospital. 

The Ghanian neighborhood is coming collectively to consolation Gyimah’s spouse and household. Gyimah was a religious Christian and leaves behind 4 kids. The oldest is 8 years previous. 

“She’s so young to face this with four children. So bad,” mentioned Hanna Mensah, one other household buddy. 

The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is providing a $15,000 reward for info main to an arrest of these answerable for inflicting such a painful loss. 

“A loving, loving and caring gentleman. Hard-working, takes care of the family. Yeah, we’ve really lost a dedicated father,” mentioned Rev. Dr. Samuel Arhin of Ghana United Methodist Church. 

Gyimah’s employer, Big Apple Taxi Fleet, will probably be overlaying all funeral bills.

During the rally, family and friends are anticipated to plead for info that may carry the neighborhood some peace. 

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