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There is now a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who killed a yellow New York cab driver in Queens.
Kutin Gyimah, 52, died early Saturday morning after a group of passengers tried to rob and assault him. Gyimah fell and hit his head on the pavement during the attack as the would-be robbers fled.
“These killers must be caught and we are offering a $15,000 reward… All funeral expenses will be covered by the owners of Big Apple Taxi Fleet Management where Mr. [Gyimah] worked,” said Fernando Mateo, a spokesman for the Workers Federation of the New York State. Taxi drivers, who announced the reward on Saturday afternoon.
The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is offering $15,000 for any information on the suspects who beat taxi driver Kutin Gyimah to death.
“This is a poor working man, how can he leave his house and NOT come back, this is outrageous. We are angry, we are in disbelief, we want justice,” Mateo said, adding that he spoke with NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and “he assured us that the NYPD will find those responsible.”
A council spokesperson called Gyimah’s murder “not only devastating, but unacceptable. … We express our deepest condolences to the victim’s family, friends and co-workers during this painful time and will work diligently to bring all those responsible to justice.”
The deadly assault took place around 6:30 a.m. Saturday at Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard, authorities said. Cops responding to an ongoing assault found Gyimah lying in the road with “trauma to the back of the head,” the NYPD said.
“Bad things like that happen around here a lot,” said Abdul Sharhan, who has been working at the deli across the street from the crime scene for a decade. Gyimah was pronounced dead at St. John’s Hospital.
Security footage from the Deli from the Block across the street shows the convicted taxi driver pulling up. Just seconds later, three people are seen running from the site heading west towards Beach Channel Drive.