Neighbors Remember Murdered Cab Driver as a Hard Worker, Good Man

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Kansas City, Mo. -- A cab driver is gunned down in broad daylight and police need your tips to solve the murder. Those who knew him say a good man, a kind neighbor, has been stolen from them.

Police say 47-year-old Terrence Richardson was parked at 44th Street and Spruce at about 3 p.m. Saturday. He had just called to let the passenger know he had arrived and was waiting outside when neighbors heard the gun shots. The sound of shots rattled neighbors in the area, who say they watch out for each other and don't usually have trouble like that here on their block.

News that Terry Richardson was the cab driver killed Saturday has his neighborhood rattled, too. David Simpson has known his neighbor Terry for a couple of years and he says everyone on the block knows Terry as a hard worker, and a good person. Simpson says Terry's wife was sickly and he took care of her.

"He was just an exceptional guy, loved here in the neighborhood, did anything for anybody," Simpson says.

The last time a cab driver was killed on the job in Kansas City was back in September 2008. Terrance Timmons murder remains unsolved. Back then Timmons family spoke out about the murder and pushed for changes to make cabs safer.

Police haven't said whether Terry Richardson was robbed but his neighbors assume that's what it was all about, murdered over some money.

"Doesn't make sense though," Simpson says. "People doing all these bad things and they go unpunished and here's a swell guy like him... it's really really sad."

FOX 4 found out that Richardson was actually robbed just a week before he was killed, May 4th at 4 a.m. at 31st and Prospect. His neighbors wondered why he'd get hit twice in one month, and whether it was a coincidence?

If you have information that can help solve this crime, call the TIPS hotline (816) 474- TIPS.

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