Police search for person who fatally stabbed cab driver in East New York

Police are searching for the person who killed a man driving a cab in East New York early Thursday morning. Officers say 35-year-old Rafael Veras

Police say 35-year-old Rafael Veras was found stabbed several times in his torso.

Police say 35-year-old Rafael Veras was found stabbed several times in his torso. (9/17/15)

EAST NEW YORK - Police are searching for the person who killed a man driving a cab in East New York early Thursday morning.

Officers say 35-year-old Rafael Veras was found stabbed several times in his torso. He was in the front seat of the car on the corner of Shepherd and Dumont avenues. They say a call came in about the stabbing just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

Police say Veras was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Other cab drivers say the neighborhood is known for having a lot of crime and that cab drivers in particular are constant targets for robberies.

Veras' family says he had just come back from the Dominican Republic after a three-month trip there. They say he was looking to move back home into the house he built.

Veras leaves behind a 16-year-old son and mother. Veras' cousin Marya Flores says they are desperate for answers to a crime no one saw coming.

Officials with the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers say Veras was in the process of getting his license. In the meantime, Veras' brother loaned him his cab so he could make some money. However, they say he wasn't trained and shouldn't have been working the late shift in a high-crime neighborhood.

Federation founder Fernando Mateo says Veras' death could have been prevented if the NYPD didn't cut funding for a safety program the group developed. He says there was a surveillance camera in the car Veras was driving and hopes NYPD officials are able to use it to identify a suspect.

Police say no arrests have been made.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: March to help seniors apply to college 1 VIDEO: March to help seniors apply to college
Brooklyn Weekend Travel Advisory, Dec. 10-11 2 Brooklyn Weekend Travel Advisory, Dec. 10-11
3 VIDEO: Interview with friend of East NY throat slashing victim
Click PLAY for the latest weather forecast. 4 Brooklyn Weather Forecast
Families in temporary housing were treated to a 5 Families receive health screenings, gifts in Crown Heights

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Furry Friends is a weekly segment on News Furry Friends

Furry Friends is a weekly segment on News 12 Brooklyn nightside.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE