FOR giving someone a lift to Laventille, a Diego Martin taxi-driver paid with his life Monday night, when he was gunned down at the corner of Pashley Street and Eastern Main Road.
Shot dead was 42-year-old Imtiaz Abdul. He was a father of five.
His relatives, who spoke to reporters at their Patna Village, Diego Martin home yesterday afternoon, said they were unable to come to terms with his death as, according to one of his sisters: “I mean, if he was living the sort of lifestyle where he would have been prone to such an attack, I would understand, but he didn’t.”
According to the police, Abdul and a woman he knew were heading east along Eastern Main Road around 10.30 p.m. in his Nissan SSS Bluebird when he stopped at a traffic light at Pashley Street corner, where a man walked up to the car and opened fire.
The woman, whose name was not known to the police up to press time, escaped injury, but Abdul sustained multiple gunshots about his body. He died on the spot.
Gina Abdul, the victim’s sister, said the last thing they were told by Imtiaz was, that he was leaving Diego Martin, as it was the route he usually plied, to give the woman a drop to Cascade.
She said that her brother said the woman wanted a lift to Cascade sometime on Monday.
Abdul said the family though little of it because, he was not the type to refuse a job, but by 11 p.m. on Monday he did not return home.
It was by this time that Abdul’s son, Kareem Abdul, began calling his father’s phone, but not getting an answer.
Gina Abdul said his family would have been worried about his whereabouts by that time since he was not the kind of man that stayed out late.
She said yesterday morning they received a visit from the police who had found his driver’s permit with his address.
Gina said they heard his name on the news that morning, but never thought it would have been him.
“I mean you hear about these things happening to other people but not Imtiaz,” she said.
His funeral has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday.
Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.
Abdul’s death brings the murder toll for the year to date to 301.