The widow of a slain metropolis taxi driver fought by way of tears Sunday as she known as on Mayor Eric Adams and the NYPD to carry to justice the 5 theft suspects who fatally beat her husband in Queens.
“I want justice for my husband as a result of he doesn’t need to die this fashion,” mentioned a weeping Abigail Barwuah, whose hard-working partner, Kutin Gyimah, 52, was killed chasing down the suspects after they tried to rob him within the Rockaways early Saturday.
One of many assailants took a swing on the cabbie — sending him flying to the road, the place he cracked his head close to Arverne Playground at Seashore 54th Avenue, police mentioned.
Barwuah has 4 younger kids with Gyimah, a former accountant from Ghana. Their two older children, ages 7 and eight, cried on the morning press convention as their mother spoke. Their different kids are 3 and 5 years previous.
Barwuah described her late husband as “accountable,” “loving” and “caring” to the press on the gathering, the place she was joined by greater than a dozen kinfolk, pals and fellow cab drivers.
“He didn’t relaxation all through the pandemic — he was working,” the inconsolable mother mentioned. “He was an excellent, good man. He was my spine.”
The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is providing a $15,000 reward for data resulting in the seize of the three males and two ladies sought in reference to the theft and deadly assault.
Raphael Barwuah, the sufferer’s father-in-law who lives with the household, mentioned his daughter works as a nurse’s help at Montefiore Hospital. He mentioned Gyimah went to work early Sunday, and the household then received a cellphone name informing them he’d been killed.
The elder Barwuah echoed his daughter’s name for justice, urging Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell to “do what they should do.”
An accountant in his dwelling nation of Ghana, Gyimah got here to New York practically twenty years in the past and located work driving taxis, mentioned finest pal Samuel Ayebi.
Ayebi, 50, mentioned he picked Gyimah up on the airport when he arrived to the US about 18 years in the past and launched him to the taxi enterprise.
“He was very arduous working… It’s a really painful loss,” Ayebi mentioned.
‘”His spouse is doing so dangerous. I might by no means consider one thing like this might occur — not in our household.”
Further reporting by David Meyer