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Police release photos of cabbie's possible final fare

Posted December 18, 2008
Updated December 19, 2008

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— Raleigh police are trying to identify a woman who may have been the last fare for cab driver Michael Howard Palmer.

Palmer, 59, was shot to death late Monday night in the parking lot of the Quail Ridge Apartments in North Raleigh.

Police believe that Palmer picked up the woman visible in a surveillance photo at the Greyhound Bus station in downtown shortly before 11 p.m. Monday and took her to the apartments.

Investigators want to speak with the woman to help determine what happened when the cab arrived at the apartments at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Millbrook roads, Sgt. Kevin Carswell said.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said several residents near the crime scene reported hearing "a shot" late Monday.

Police set up a checkpoint at Quail Ridge and Falls of the Neuse roads Thursday night to ask motorists if they have any knowledge of the shooting.

Raleigh police have set up an anonymous tip line for the case at 919-227-6220. Investigators asked that anyone who saw anything suspicious in that area Monday night, or who recognizes the woman in the photo, call the tip line.

Palmer’s daughter, Vonise, said recent efforts by the police to find out what happened to her father mean a lot to the family.

“The person that did this is still out there,” Vonise Palmer said.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been set up for Palmer's family. Donations and contributions can be made to The Michael Palmer Fund at any Wachovia Bank in North Carolina.

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  • carltondonna Dec 19, 2008

    Im not surprised something like this happened at this apt complex, i lived there 4 years ago and the management didnt care who they rented to or listen to any of the tenants complaints, if you read the news you'll see lots of break ins and cars being stolen from this complex. My thoughts and prayers with the cabbies family. On the other side, I was VERY surprised to lisen to the 911 call, and was outraged that the 911 dispatcher would ask one of the tenants to go outside and check on the man, yes, he needed help, but the dispatcher was endangering people by asking them to go outside. If you listen closely to the tape the dispatcher actually asks the female tenant if the attacker is still in the area and she responds "i hope not since there are 3 of us standing around out here". I think this dispatcher needs to be investigated. I may be wrong, but I wouldnt think it was a smart idea to have a civilian go to an active crime scene and look things over.

  • dayum_yankee_99 Dec 19, 2008

    this poor man... thoughts and prayers are with his family... I know these apartments.. bad vibes there..

  • TeresaBee Dec 19, 2008

    Could she have shot him because she had no money to pay the fare? It wouldn't be the first time that has happened. My sympathy to Mr. Palmer's family.

  • CrewMax Dec 18, 2008

    It is sad. I can't imagine driving a cab or cashiering in a small
    market at night. It's just cray out there.

  • Drakula_I_G Dec 18, 2008

    Man, this is just ....
    You can't even drive a cab anymore without taking your life in your hands.
    (not talking about RIDING in one!)
    Will be watching to see what the investigators come up with.