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Taxi drivers gather in Queens after passengers were charged with beating driver Kutin Gyimah to death

NEW YORK — There was a rally in Queens on Sunday after a taxi driver was beaten to death by passengers who police say refused to pay for his fare and attempted to rob him.

This driver is remembered as a loving husband and father just trying to provide for his family, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.

“I don’t know what to do right now. I lost. I lost,” said Abigail Barwuah.

The widow of Kutin Gyimah couldn’t hold back tears as she spoke of her beloved husband, who was killed in Far Rockaway.

“He was a good, good man. He was my backbone. I’m lost right now. My kids’ hero,” Barwuah said.

The yellow taxi driver, described as a hardworking father, leaves behind four children aged 3 to 8.

The Ghanaian community comes together to comfort Gyimah’s wife and family. Gyimah was a devout Christian.

“She’s so young to be dealing with this with four kids. Too bad,” said Hanna Mensah, another family friend.

Police said his five passengers tried to rob him when he dropped them off at Beach 54th Street and Arverne Boulevard around 6.30am on Saturday.

Investigators said Gyimah took off after them and witnesses saw the passengers – three men and two women – assaulting him.

According to the police, he fell to the ground and hit his head.

“It’s awful. It’s just awful,” said Katherine Wood of Co-Op City.

“Why do you have to attack someone for no reason? How much is that money really? You took someone’s life. Come on,” said family friend Joe Tompo.

On Sunday morning, the New York State Taxi Drivers Federation stood with his wife and children and offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“We know the pain and suffering has only just begun for this family, and we demand justice,” said the federation’s Fernando Mateo. “I’m pissed. I’m mad and I’m mad because this all could have been avoided. We need to look around and say what city do we live in?”

Spyros Drakos of Big Apple Taxi Fleet Management said Gyimah has worked tirelessly, especially during the pandemic.

“This gentleman was driving his taxi. He never stopped picking up passengers. For me, he’s a hero like a first responder,” Drakos said.

“A loving, loving and caring gentleman. Hard working, caring for the family. Yes, we have truly lost a devoted father,” added Rev. Dr. Samuel Arhin of the United Methodist Church in Ghana.

Big Apple Taxi Fleet will cover all funeral expenses.