DeKalb detectives follow leads on taxi driver shooting death

8:33 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. -- DeKalb police said they found a cab driver shot to death behind the wheel of his cab early Friday morning.

DeKalb Co. police said that robbery was likely the motive behind the shooting, while detectives said they're following up on several leads -- possibly including video of the crime itself.

A spokesperson for Checker Cab said each cab is equipped with a camera that is activated anytime someone opens the back door of the cab. 

Police said the driver was a 42-year-old employee of Atlanta Checker Cab who was found at the Oak Creek Apartments at 280 Northern Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. When officers found him inside the car, they said he was slumped over the front seat of his taxi. The gunman was gone.

Atlanta Checker Cab identified the driver as Dedrick Darcelin.

Atlanta Checker Cab released a statement Friday afternoon mourning the driver:

"We are deeply saddened by the turn of events this morning and regret to inform the public that this was one of our independent contractor drivers," says Atlanta Checker Cab owner Rick Hewatt after a valued Atlanta Checker Cab driver was shot and killed early Friday morning. "Dedrick Darcelin has been associated with our company for about six years and was a very good cab driver, a genuine nice guy and extended family of the Atlanta Checker Cab Company. Our prayers go out to him and his family."

In addition, Atlanta Checker Cab will be offering a $2,000 reward for the capture and prosecution of the shooter in this incidence.

Police said active leads are being pursued, but no arrest has been made in the case.

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