Man Charged With Murder of Cab Driver on South Side

Cab driver died four days after he was robbed and shot in Chicago

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    Eric Taylor

    A South Side man is accused of robbing a cab driver and then shooting him to death last week after he and an accomplice allegedly stole the man’s cell phone.

    Eric Taylor, 28, faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of robbery with a firearm in connection with the murder, Chicago Police early Friday

    The cab driver, 48-year-old Edwin Obazuaye of South Holland, died Monday -- four days after Taylor and another man allegedly robbed and shot him in the 0-100 block of West 91st Street, police said.
    Police said that on March 14, about 5:45 p.m. Obazuaye picked up the two men near Taylor’s home in the 8500 block of South Parnell Avenue.

    The two men climbed into the cab and quickly demanded the driver’s possessions, police said.
    After traveling a little further than a mile, at least one of the men opened fire near West 91st Street and South Lafayette Avenue, piercing the cab driver with two bullets, authorities said.

    Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said he did not know if Taylor is believed to be the trigger-man.

    After the shooting Taylor and the other man fled on foot, taking the cab driver’s cell phone, police said.

    It is unclear if the two also stole the cabbie’s money. Police could not say if Taylor’s accomplice was also arrested.

    Taylor was scheduled to appear in bond court on Friday.