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Police search for duo that fatally stabbed cab driver with umbrella

Posted: 8:19 PM, Jun 14, 2013
Updated: 2013-06-14 20:26:45-04

New York City cab drivers in general have a tough gig — long hours, strangers hopping in and out at all times of the day.

For livery cabs in particular — this job can be dangerous, particularly when working in the outer boroughs.

Private drivers are now on high alert after 54 year old Orji-Ama Uro was stabbed to death.

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A homicide investigation is now underway as police look for two people — a man and woman seen in this surveillance video obtained by PIX11.

It is believed the two got into an argument with Uro and one viciously stabbed him in the eye with an umbrella before he crashed his 2000 Mercury near Lott Avenue and Thomas Boyland.

It was initially believed Uro was working for Freedom Car Service, but the company says only his vehicle was used by the company in the past. Uro worked on his own illegally.

It is a risk many drivers take and often times the unlicensed livery cabs are the ones without cameras and without partitions to protect them.

Now community leaders along with the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers have pooled together $5000 in reward money for any information leading to an arrest.