OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City police are trying to find out what happened to a local taxi driver.
The victim, Adam Abakar, was found slumped over the steering wheel of his cab over the weekend near S.W. 26th and Robinson.
They say there were signs of trauma to his body.
“He will be missed,” said Riasat Suzon.
News of what happened to Abakar hit fellow taxi driver Riasat Suzon pretty hard.
“I couldn’t move. He was such a nice guy. I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Suzon worked with Abakar at OKC Green Taxi. He remembers a man dedicated to his loved ones still living in Sudan.
“He was a family man. He would talk about how he sends money to his family,” Suzon said.
He says the loss is also being felt by other local drivers.
“When I went to the airport where we usually hang out and work, I could see it in everyone’s face. It was a different atmosphere. He was such a nice guy,” Suzon said.
Police say the call came in from a driver around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Officers came out and found Abakar slumped over the steering wheel of the taxi. There was blood on his head, the front of his shirt, and his thigh area.
“When you hear something like that, it scares you,” said Suzon.
Suzon says what happened to Abakar is every taxi driver’s biggest fear.
“In the driver seat is the most vulnerable position. You are in God’s hands. They are in the back. Anything could happen,” he said.
That's why he says he tells other drivers to go with their gut feeling about passengers.
“You can refuse service anytime you want to. Don’t pick them up if you are not comfortable,” he said.
But at the end of the day, he says, anything can happen. It's a dangerous reality of what could happen while on the job.
“You don’t expect to be killed like this. It’s uncalled for. We are not a bank. We don’t carry a lot of money; most people use credit cards. So to die for so little money, it’s hard,” Suzon said.
Right now, police say they have not made any arrests and they have not named a suspect.
Investigators say they really need the public's help with this case. If you were driving in the area of S.W. 26th and Robinson on Saturday morning and saw anything, you're asked to call police.