Two men indicted in shooting death of cab driver

CINCINNATI -- Two men were indicted Monday in the fatal shooting of a cab driver earlier this month.

Dakeith Pleasant, 24, and Keyawhan Love, 20, were charged with murder and aggravated robbery in the death of Mamadou Diop on Baltimore Avenue in North Fairmont March 12.

Both Pleasant and Lowe are in jail on $1 million bonds. If found guilty, they face the possibility of life in prison without parole.

After hearing about Diop's death, many taxi drivers in the city said they want to be allowed to carry guns on the job.

"It is scary. Plus, you're not allowed to have any kind of weapon in Cincinnati. You don't know who you're picking up," Yebrah Gebrekerists, a driver for Ran's Taxi, said. "I don't feel safe driving right now. In the nighttime. Especially West Side. It's not safe to drive in the nighttime."

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Police found Diop, 45, slumped behind the wheel at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the 1600 block of Baltimore Avenue.

That's just a few blocks from where another man was slain on Baltimore Avenue 10 days earlier.

A motorist called 911 after seeing the cab stopped in the road with the driver's door wide open. The caller said Diop, a father of three from Westwood, had been shot in the back of the head.

Police think robbery was the motive.

It's a fear of all taxi drivers, especially ones who work at night.

"I call this a gambling job," said Hassan Shide, a driver for Olympic Cab who knew Diop. "You don't know who you're going to pick up. You don't know where you're going to pick them up. As drivers, we have no protection.

"We should have a gun. We should have protection in the car, but also we should have a license to carry on.

"If somebody is going to put a gun on my head, what should I do? I have to defend myself."

Diop, a native of Senegal, picked up a fare in the Uptown area just after midnight, said Ran's Taxi owner Mussie Andemariam. Diop was found dead about a half-hour later.

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