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NYPD: Passenger Fatally Stabbed Livery Driver With Umbrella

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Police are looking for two people in connection with the stabbing death of a livery cab driver Thursday in Brooklyn.

Police say it all began when Ama Uro Orji, 56, of Queens dropped off a man and woman near Lott Avenue and Thomas Boyland Street in Brownsville around 5:30 p.m.


Authorities say after the passengers got out of the car, the man opened the driver's door and stabbed Orji in the eye with an umbrella.

Orji, a Nigerian immigrant, tried to drive off but crashed a short distance away.

"I was in my kitchen cooking I just came from work, and I went into my kitchen and I hear this big bang. I rush to my window and I saw the car with the man lying inside of it," said one witness.

Orji was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital.

"He came here to support, create a better life for his family. He has five children," said Orji's sister, Ugochinyere Oka. "This killing is too much. Every day its killing, killing they have to stop it."

Chinedum Agwe, Orji's stepsister-in-law, says the cabbie loved soccer, was soft-spoken, and easy to laugh. She says his five children, aged 18 to 22, moved from Nigeria to be with him only in the last year.

Orji had also thought about changing jobs.

"Just a few weeks ago my husband was discussing with him to find something else. It's a very heartbreaking situation you know," Agwe said.

The groups Advocates without Borders, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement who Care, and the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"Livery drivers are very brave people because every time they stop a stranger gets in their car and they don't know what the intentions are," said New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers President Fernando Mateo.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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