Memorial held for cab driver, John Dooley, killed on the job

11:38 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
Friends and family of Tampa cab driver, John Dooley, who was robbed and killed on the job honored his memory Thursday, January 23, 2014.
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Tampa, Florida -- Friends and family of the Tampa cab driver who was robbed and killed on the job honored his memory Thursday.

A memorial for 56-year-old John Dooley took place at a hotel near the Straz Center this afternoon.

Tampa Police officers say a passenger killed Dooley in Sulphur Springs on Dec. 8.

Dooley's sister says she misses him every day -- but especially today. Friends described Dooley as a big, kindhearted man who loved his work and people.

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Devante Bell, the man accused of fatally shooting Dooley, was arrested days later and is currently in jail without bond. He faces charges of first-degree murder, plus a charge that makes this cabbie's death seem even more senseless -- attempted robbery of less than $300.

SEE ALSO: Friends of slain Tampa cab driver relieved to hear of arrest

Police say Bell confessed to calling for a cab Sunday night to set up a robbery. He told detectives he got into Dooley's taxi with two other people. He said as the cab drove through Tampa's Sulphur Springs neighborhood, the man sitting next to Bell in the back seat shot Dooley. Police say Bell then worked to wipe down the taxi.

Tampa Police are still searching for the two other people involved in the murder. There's a $3,000 reward for information that gets them arrested; call Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.

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