Taxi driver Jorge Arbayza De La Cruz shot dead in Orange County – CBS New York


NEWBURGH, NY (CBSNewYork) – A taxi driver was shot dead Thursday night in Orange County.

Jorge Arbayza de la Cruz’s family are seeking justice as police search for the killer, CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported on Friday.

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Music performed and candles lit along North Miller Street in Newburgh – a tribute to Arbayza de la Cruz.

Arbayza de la Cruz, 51, was a big-hearted man who came to the United States from Peru in 2015, his sister Juana Bendecu said.

(Credit: family document)

He drove a taxi seven days a week for a living.

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the scene on Friday morning, trying to figure out what happened and demanding justice.

“He was doing his job. I feel like it’s so unfair. It is very heartbreaking for all of us. This is something we weren’t expecting. It could have happened to anyone, ”said one person.

“I always try to assemble it myself. But it is a very dangerous job. Everyone knows it, ”said Anthony Benitez, a friend.

Police said Arbayza de la Cruz was depositing a ticket when the passenger attempted to rob it at gunpoint around 9 p.m. There was a fight and he was shot twice before the passenger fled.

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“Looks like it was a cab theft gone bad,” Newburgh Police Lt. Brandon Rola said.

Detectives surveyed the neighborhood on Friday, looking for witnesses and clues.

“At the moment, we are looking for some leads. We’re looking for a possible Ring Camera, things like that. There are cameras everywhere, ”said Rola.

The other cab drivers paid tribute, sorry that someone was killing their friend for a few dollars.

“We’re all in shock right now,” said Waleska Ortiz. “They just don’t know what they just did. They broke everyone’s hearts.

A candlelight vigil will take place on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Arbayza de la Cruz’s family paid money for a reward of $ 10,000 for information about the case.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Newburgh Police Detective Division at 845-569-7509.

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Nick Caloway of CBS2 contributed to this report.

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