Saturday, 17 August 2013

Nigerian New York-Based Cab Driver, Shot In The Head 21 Years Ago Dies Of Injuries, Gunman At Large

Oluwole Olofin, a New York city cabbie shot by a passenger 21 years ago, continued working succumbing to his injuries this year, and now his family wants justice for the fallen Father, whose gunman was never caught, according to the NY Daily News.

Olofin was at the wheel of his cab when he was murdered in 1992, but it took him 21 more years to die.

Olofin emigrated to the city from Nigeria in 1991, looking to study medicine. He ended up landing a job as a taxi driver, sending money back to his family. On December 29, 1992, Olofin dropped off a patron at the corner of Utica Avenue and Dean Street in Brooklyn.

But the passenger didn’t want to pay.

According to Tetunde, Olofin’s eldest daughter, the person “got out of the car and shot him in the side of the head. That’s what he remembered.”

The bullet lodged in Olofin’s face.

“He went 21 years without any closure of knowing the guy got arrested,” said Olofin’s 15-year-old son, Samson. “Maybe if he got caught it would put his soul at peace.”

Doctors couldn’t remove the bullet and Olofin, his face partially disfigured from the gunshot and numerous surgeries, was in almost constant pain, his oldest daughter said.

Oluwole Olofin

But Olofin continued driving, working at the supermarket he opened with his wife, and raising their four children until he suffered a seizure and wound up in a coma for six months.

“He did whatever he had to do to take care of his kids,” Olofin’s older daughter, Tetunde, said.

Olofin was 60 when he died May 5 at the Eastchester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in the Bronx. He was found that day at 9:45 p.m., face up in bed, police said.

The medical examiner classified Olofin’s death a homicide on June 3, citing as the cause multiple complications including posttraumatic seizure disorder due to the gunshot.

Now Olofin’s family wants the police to find his killer.

“I don’t know if the person’s out there,” Tetunde said. “It really bothers me. I just want to see who the person is.”

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