Police: Cab driver found fatally stabbed in his vehicle in Baychester

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Police say a cab driver was found fatally stabbed in his vehicle in Baychester Saturday night.

Officials tell News 12 that officers found 27-year-old Ganiou Gandonou at around 9 p.m. on Hutchinson River Parkway East. They say he was seated inside a black Toyota Camry and had stab wounds to the neck and body.

He was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The victim's wife, Latifatou Alimi, tells News 12 that their family came to the U.S. from Africa seeking a better life.

Alimi says Gandonou left their Bronx home at 7 p.m. to make pickups. She spoke to him on the phone one last time before his death.

She says she woke up frantically at 3 a.m. to call her husband. Alimi says that's when police arrived at her door to tell her Gandonou was found in his car with stab wounds.

Gandonou also leaves behind a 2-year-old son.

The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers says in a statement, "This was a savage attack on a young man who was trying to earn a living, it takes an animal, someone with no type of remorse to brutally stab someone to death simply to rob him."

An Uber spokesman also says in a statement, "This is a horribly tragic incident and our hearts go out to the grieving family. We stand ready to work with law enforcement to assist their investigation in any way possible."

The federation is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Police have not made any arrests in the case.

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