16-year-old facing murder charges after allegedly shooting cab driver for taking longer route
SCRANTON, Pa. – (CNN) — A 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy is facing murder charges, accused of fatally shooting a cab driver who he believed was intentionally taking a longer route to his destination.
According to Lackawana County Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico, Aazis Richardson is accused of shooting the cab driver, Vincent Darbenzio, 47, twice in the back of his head while still in the cab.
Talerico says Richardson believed Darbenzio had ignored his route suggestions in attempt to increase the fare.
Richardson told WNEP, “I just told him take this way; he didn’t want to listen, he got his (expletive) shot.”
As Richardson was being taken away, he showed no remorse for the driver or his family telling WNEP, “my homies died, everybody gotta die.”
When asked why he shot the victim twice, Richardson said, “Cause that’s what I do to people who don’t listen.”
Richardson was charged as an adult with multiple counts of murder in the first, second and third degrees, as well as robbery and firearms-related offenses, according Talerico.
On Sunday, more than 50 of Darbenzio’s friends and family members held a vigil near the spot where Darbenzio was killed, according to the victim’s brother, Chris Darbenzio.
Richardson is currently being held without bail at the Lackawanna County Prison, according to the district attorney’s office.
According to WNEP, Richardson is also a suspect in a triple homicide in Newark, New Jersey.
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