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Cab driver found shot and killed in taxi

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- He was working long hours to support a wife and three young children.

But a local cab driver's life came to a violent end.  Police found 45-year-old Mamadou Diop dead early Wednesday morning in North Fairmount.  He came here from Africa and has been driving a cab since 2001.  At this point police are not saying much because maybe they don't know much.  Was it a robbery?  Whatever happened, a 911 caller who discovered the cab said the driver had been shot in the back of the head.

"I just passed a cab driver. He's been shot," a 911 caller said to Cincinnati Police around 12:30a.m.  He was found on the 1600 block of Baltimore Avenue.

"I turned back around to see if he was okay.  I didn't see the shooting but the cab is in the middle of the street. The driver's side door is open, and he's hanging out the door and blood is on the ground," the caller continued.
      
A tragic ending for a man who came to the United States looking for a better life.  45-year-old Mamadou Diop,  a native of the African nation of Senegal.  Many Cincinnati taxi drivers are from Africa or the Middle East and at cab stands around town, Diop's death was a scary reminder of what can be a dangerous job.

"I know him very well. He's my best friend and I just talked to him yesterday around 2 p.m., talked to him on Sixth Street near the Cincinnatian Hotel," Elbeciar Moloud, a fellow cab driver said.
   
Diop was driving for Ran's Taxi.  Employees at the taxi company, and friends on the job, called Diop quiet and hard-working.

"Yeah he's a good guy. His wife and three kids are here.  His oldest one is 7-years-old, and 4-years-old and 6, I think, yeah, 6-years-old."
   
According to one of the owners of Ran's cab, the last contact they had with Diop was when he was dispatched to a run in the West End at 11:08 p.m.  His cab was not discovered until 12:30.
   
What happened in between is not known but he ended up in a part of town cab drivers don't usually like, "It's a dangerous area. We don't give a ride to anyone in that area.  I've been driving three years now.  The guy told me give me the money or I blow up your head. I said here's the money, get out and he got out of the cab," Moloud tells us.

Mamadou Diop just renewed his taxi driver's license with the city eight days ago.  If you have any information that can help police call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

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