Family Of Slain Cab Driver Wants More Security For Others

(Memphis) Gerald Cole’s loved ones stood outside the Arrow Cab Company on Vance Saturday holding signs, hoping their stance today leads to better security for taxi drivers.

In October, someone shot the father of two as he went to pick up a rider in Midtown.

“In between leaving there and coming, he never showed up,” said Jeffrey Woodard.

Family members tell us, Cole was shot and beaten to death. His body was found dumped on Cooke Road.

It was his second day on the job as a cab driver.

Police arrested Khiry Hill for the murder. He was charged with First Degree Murder and will face a judge on November 28th.

Friends say, Cole and many other cab drivers put their lives in the hands of the people they pick up for rides.

“If you going to run these cab companies, [there should be] certain criteria that you going to have to meet to ensure safety guidelines regarding your employees,” said Woodard

The group wants things like security cameras, gps tracking devices and bullet proof glass inside cabs.
 
We tried to speak with Cole’s former employer, Arrow Cab Company, but no one was available.

Coles family hopes stricter guidelines can be put in place soon, so another family doesn`t have to go through what they are dealing with now.

Elise Preston, WREG News Channel 3.

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