Motive in fatal cab driver shooting still unknown

More details are becoming available about a cab driver killed on the job in Detroit Wednesday night.

Police have a suspect in custody and have recovered a weapon. A motive, now, is what investigators are focusing on.

Babul Miah, a 41-year old taxi driver for Checker Cab, was shot and killed inside his cab at about 11 p.m. in the 15 thousand block of Ardmore.

Police say they were in the area when they saw a man quickly walking away from the cab. When they approached him, the man threw a handgun down and fled.

Officers recovered the gun and took the suspect into custody.

"It appears to be a robbery and that he was killed in the process of that robbery," says Matthew Oddy of Checker Cab.

Those who knew Miah say they will miss him.

"He was helpful and very active in our community," says Khairul Rafique, of the Islamic Center of North Detroit. "We just prayed in the mosque and everyone was talking about him."

"He was a fun guy, he always had a smile on his face," says Oddy. "He always came in to say hi to everybody. He was a well-liked driver."

At Checker Cab, Oddy says they are constantly thinking about safety.

"We have implemented several procedures in coordination with Detroit Police Department," he says. "We have had them come in and train 425 of our drivers on driver safety."

As the police investigation continues, a fund has been set up to send Miah's body back to his native Bangladesh.

"He has no family here," Rafique says. "His mom lives in Bangladesh and we need to help her with funeral stuff, so we need donations from all over the country and community."

Rafique says you can donate to the Babul Miah Fund at any Bank of America.

Those who knew Miah say it's hard to believe they won't see him again.

"That's so heartbreaking," says neighbor Nahida Ahmed. "He was such a nice man; always helped us out. It's very heartbreaking."
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