“The Person Who Killed My Husband, Killed Me Too And Killed My Kids, Too.”

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(WREG-TV) A second woman has been arrested in connection with the murder of a Mid-South cab driver.

Zewdneh Assemu was found brutally beaten and stabbed next to his taxi cab in a field in Fayette County near Highway 196 North on December 6.

Kimberly Ransom was charged Wednesday with filing a false report to law enforcement.

Investigators say the 21-year-old used an alias and gave authorities false information about the 43-year-old’s murder.

She’s being held at the Fayette County Jail on $25,000 bond.

On February 17, 19-year-old Tanuja Rivers was arrested and charged with felony first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. Her bond was set at $1 million.

Rivers lived down a dirt road off Highway 196, the same highway where deputies found Assemu’s body in the field stabbed and beaten.

After Rivers’ arrest, Assemu’s wife Hamelmal Kassa said, “The person who killed my husband, killed me too and killed my kids, too.”

CrimeStoppers has been offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

That’s on top of another donation by Metro Cab and Yellow Cab, bringing the total to $3,000.

If you think you can help investigators with more information, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.


  • SayNoMore

    Apparently, she was born and raised there, like other of your residents who commit heinous vrimes. The question is why would anyone that young think of doing something so vile. Our culture is rapidly giving way to instant satisfaction and a lack of understanding that we must work for the things that we have. There is no instant road to wealth unless you’re lucky enough to be given substantial funds or you work and save your money. While some may win the lottery, it will be a very, very few of us so we must work to make our way. So sorry for the Assemu family’s loss and hope that closure can be had with the capture and conviction of the killers.

  • Don

    Bobby says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation hasn’t explained how they linked Rivers to his brother’s death.

    Simple, They found DNA on the back seat of the cab that matched hers more than likely. The vehicle was found in a field for what reason?

  • Mark Scribner

    All people are trying to do is make a living. Trying to build a future, a family. There is always evil trying to stop us from doing that. These evil women deserve the death penalty. Period!

  • gmoney

    soon to heard comments from suspect family: she is a good person, always had a smile on her face, she would help anybody, I don’t believe she would do this….yada yada yada….

    same script, different play, different actors…

  • does it matter

    To the statement said by his wife saying the person who killed her husband killed her and her children : We learned that her husband had full blown Aids and gave it to her and her children and he was known from the city to the country for buying women and this was said from people in the streets and from the family members.

  • Just another someone

    If this guy did truly have AIDS and he had given it to his wife and/or whatever prodtitutes he bought, that’s probably why he was murdered. They should test the two suspects to see it they are HIV Positive and their family members. If they are then there is motive right there..

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