Cab drivers worried about being targeted after murder in south St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A murder case has shaken St. Louis' international community:  a cab driver shot through the glass alongside his front door.

There’s now a $2,000 reward in the case that has cab drivers worried they’re being targeted.

St. Louis homicide detectives do have leads, but they're still asking for tips in the finding the killer of Ibsa Alemu, 29.

“He’s very nice, hard-working, wanted to make a dream.  We miss him,” said Alex Asfaw, Alemu’s boss at Metro Cab.  “He’s a very nice person.  Maybe somebody followed him.  Nobody knows what happened.  It’s sad, very sad.  He has 2 kids you know.”

Friends say Alemu moved to St. Louis from his native Ethiopia about 7 or 8 years ago.

He was fixing up a house on Holly Hills in South St. Louis for his wife and two young daughters.

Around 4 o’clock Saturday morning, someone killed him there, shooting him through the front door glass.

His cab is still parked in the driveway.

Asfaw said his last “fare” came at Laclede’s Landing about 90 minutes before the shooting.

“It scares me too much,” said cab driver, Abdul Adan.

Adan, a Somalian, said he was Alemu’s best friend.

The two worked together and bonded right away.

He feared Alemu’s job had something to do with the shooting, though police have said nothing about motive.

Drivers take their cabs home and often get $100 tickets for parking a commercial vehicle on the street, closest to their front doors, Adan said showing a $100 ticket he’d just received.

He said drivers park on the street so they won’t have too far to walk, in case their being followed.

“Everybody knows that we’ve got some cash in our pocket.  So the only that we can save ourselves is to park in front of our house and rush to our house and be safe inside,” he said.  “[Ibsa] was nice, gentleman, he was a family oriented guy, lovely dad, two kids wife.  He became a victim as an easy target.”

Alemu's wife told Fox 2 she was leaving this in God's hands; that He would bring her husband's killer to justice.

If you have any information call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

Again, the reward is $2000 and you don't have to give your name to get it.

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