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New Reward Offered In Cab Driver's Murder

Zewdneh Assemu was beaten and stabbed to death last Friday. His body was found next to his cab in Fayette County. There is a now a $2,000 reward to catch whoever killed him.
MEMPHIS, TN-- Whoever murdered a Memphis cab driver is still on the run. There is a new reward for anyone who can help catch the killer.

Zewdneh Assemu was beaten and stabbed to death last Friday. His body was found next to his cab in Fayette County.

There is a now a $2,000 reward to catch whoever did this. A lot of people are praying this money will help.

Crimestoppers is offering $1,000. Assemu's employer, Metro Cab Memphis, is doubling that putting up another $1,000.

"It's kinda hard," said Errol Johnson. He taught Zewdneh Assemu how to be a cab driver. "He was diligent. A hard worker who worked a lot of hours at time."

The Ethiopian immigrant had been here for four years.

"He'd never driven a taxi. He had concerns, but he took to it real fast," Johnson said. 

Johnson said Assemu was one of Metro Cab's best employees. He'd just told him and his cousin that six weeks ago.

"I was proud of them. They'd become co-owners and had really beautiful vehicles. The company was a better place having them aboard," Johnson said. 

Now fellow drivers are grieving Assemu's death and raising donations to find whoever killed him.

The Johnson doesn't know how his cab ended up in Fayette County.

"We do know he didn't accept a trip from our computer system. He took what's called a flag. That's when an individual approaches you," Johnson said.

He doesn't understand why Assemu was attacked. He has a large family, all heartbroken.

"They were real nice. Everyone I met with his family, they were real sweet," Johnson said.

Assemu moved to Memphis to work. He made a modest living, but it was enough to provide for his growing family.

He and his wife had their second daughter 6 months ago. Now she's planning a funeral.

In addition to the $1,000 reward, Metro Cab says they're also giving her money to help cover the burial.

"It's equally hard if you knew him personally," said Johnson. "We don't want to see this happen to anybody else. Be vigilant."

If you know anything that can help, call Crimestoppers 528-CASH.

Assemu's brother is also working on a memorial fund for his wife and two daughters. We'll get that information to you when it's ready.
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