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Cops Arrest Brooklyn Man in Eye-Stab Killing of Livery Cab Driver

Police have arrested a 28-year-old Brooklyn man in the killing of a livery cab driver in Brownsville last Thursday

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013  |  Updated 4:29 PM EDT
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A livery cab driver died after he was stabbed in the eye, possibly with the metal tip of an umbrella, causing him to lose control and crash into another car in Brooklyn Thursday evening, authorities said. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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A livery cab driver died after he was stabbed in the eye, possibly with the metal tip of an umbrella, causing him to lose control and crash into another car in Brooklyn Thursday evening, authorities said. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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Police say they've arrested a suspect in last week's grisly killing of a livery cab driver in Brooklyn, who died when he was stabbed in the eye, possibly with the metal tip of an umbrella.

Shamel Allen, 28, of Brooklyn, was arrested on manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon charges Tuesday. He's accused of stabbing Orji-ama Uro, 54, of Queens, inside a livery cab in Brownsville last Thursday, causing him to lose and control and crash into an empty parked car.

Uro was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Police at the time said it appeared Uro was involved in a dispute with two passengers, a man and a woman. The suspects were seen running away from the scene after the stabbing and are being sought by police.

No weapon was recovered.

It's not clear if police are still pursuing a female suspect. It wasn't immediately clear if Allen had an attorney. 

Uro's sister-in-law told NBC 4 New York he was a hard-working immigrant from Nigeria who had been driving cabs since he moved to Brooklyn 10 years ago so that he could move his three daughters and two sons to America. He had just reunited with his children, thrilled to finally get them under one roof. 

"All he wanted to do was take care of his children," said Chinedum Agwu. "Make sure they eat, make sure there was a house, make sure they were just comfortable and just have the simple things of life."

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