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Taxi drivers honor co-worker killed in shooting

Posted February 9
Updated February 11

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— A line of taxi drivers paid tribute to Jose Nicolas Dominguez Thursday with a procession of cabs to his visitation. Dominguez was shot and killed at an apartment complex on Hodges Creek Drive Monday morning.

Police arrested Conrad Rashard Patterson, 27, of 10 Leghord Drive, Zebulon, and Major Earl Edwards Jr., 25, of 111 Middle Street, Louisburg, in the shooting death of Dominguez, 55.

Edwards Jr. made his first court appearance on Tuesday and was being held without bond.

Officers were called to the apartment complex at about 1:25 a.m. Monday and found Dominguez, of Raleigh, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said Dominguez was working for Amigo Taxi at the time of the shooting.

Raleigh police said Monday that multiple suspects were involved in the shooting. No descriptions of the suspects were released, but authorities said they believed the suspects had left the area in a white car.

Dominguez had been a driver with Amigo Taxi for seven years. Friends and other taxi drivers said his kind and fun-loving spirit was taken too soon, and in the worst way imaginable.

Friends told WRAL News that Dominguez was a grandfather and has a daughter and son who were flying into the Raleigh area Monday night.

“[He] was always bringing fun to the community and those people that knew him,” said Adris Fortunato, recalling basketball and baseball games with Dominguez.

The Dominican Association of Raleigh decided to raise money for any expenses that may arise for the family.

Since 2008, Edwards has been charged with several other crimes, including assault on a female, possession of marijuana with intent to sell/deliver, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering, according to Wake County criminal history reports.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the homicide is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.

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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 10, 2016
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    I wonder how many more were involved? I hope they get them all off the streets.

  • Tyrone Biggum Feb 9, 2016
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    Great points you've made thus far...outstanding.

  • Roy Hinkley Feb 9, 2016
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    You know me so well, it's like we share a brain.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 9, 2016
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    Now this loser will get a nice plea bargin to help find the other suspects.
    He has already shown disregard for others as well as the law by his previous crimes, but he'll be back out on the street soon enough, I suppose. Oh, and we (hard working taxpayers) will get the privilege of supplying him with an attorney for his trouble.
    Meanwhile, the victim has lost his life just doing his job. I think it's always so unfair when someone is murdered while they are working, and I bet the suspect won't have to worry about losing his job, I'm sure we've been supporting him already.

  • Tyrone Biggum Feb 9, 2016
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    You're trying to use socioeconomic status to justify murder which is laughable.

  • Roy Hinkley Feb 9, 2016
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    No need, I understood what you wrote perfectly?
    Did you understand my response?

  • Tyrone Biggum Feb 9, 2016
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    Read it again. Slower this time.

  • Roy Hinkley Feb 9, 2016
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    The US poverty rate is 14.8%, not 51%.

  • Fanny Chmelar Feb 9, 2016
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    Great explanation.

  • Forest Hazel Feb 9, 2016
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    Well, considering his record in the past, I'm sure the judge will REALLY give him a stern talking to this time before giving him probation again this time.....

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