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Murdered taxi driver's family speaks out

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – 50 year-old Kevin Grills' brother got a phone call minutes after doctors at The MED pronounced the taxi driver dead. 

"And the phone call was from the owner of the cab company," said John Grills.

He told him his brother was shot around 11:30 Tuesday night at St. Paul and Lauderdale near downtown Memphis.

"It was devastating," said Grills.

Police found Grills slumped over the steering wheel of his Yellow cab which crashed into a fire hydrant.           

There was a customer with him beforehand who may or may not have been the shooter.

"You know, you could imagine," said Grills.  "A member of your family shot dead."

Grills said his younger brother fell on hard times when the economy collapsed and construction work dried up.

"He was doing the best that he could to keep things together," said Grills.  "So, he was working late nights driving a cab."

He supported a wife, step-daughter, and a dog.

"But he wasn't out committing crime and robbing someone else, that's for sure," said Grills.

He said his brother was making an honest living.  He now believes taxi drivers should limit service to high crime areas like some pizza delivery companies do.

"No matter who needs a cab that time of night," said Grills.  "It's not worth anybody being killed over."

Police are still searching for a suspect.  No possible description has been released.

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