Murdered cab driver remembered for going the extra mile

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Sulphur Springs, Florida - A dedicated and popular cab driver was shot and killed Sunday night after 32 years on the job. Now the search is on for the two people who took his life.

Carolina Robinson stopped by the area in her Sulphur Springs neighborhood where 56-year-old John Dooley's body was discovered by a neighbor.

She said, "That's sad. It just hit me from my guts, so that's why I came down here. He was loving. [He would] do anything for you. He used to bring the girls at Yellow Cab lunch."

She describes Dooley as "a gracious man, a godly man."

Dooley's boss said Dooley had just started his shift Sunday night when two people called for a cab around 7:45 p.m. Tampa Police say while Dooley was driving them to their destination they shot Dooley and took off from the area of Eskimo and North 18th Street.

Robinson said, "They just took a good life. I don't know why, but hey, only God knows."

At Yellow Cab of Tampa where Dooley worked, hearts are heavy. Out of some 300 drivers, Dooley made an impression on his co-workers. Louis Minardo is the co-owner of the family owned company that's been around for 60 years. He said, "It was especially hard with him because we know him personally. He was a very good driver. In fact, back when my kids were little, he'd be the one I asked to pick up my family."

In the neighborhood where Dooley lost his life, many people considered Dooley to be like family. Minardo said, "I think a lot of people in that neighborhood are going to be sad to see him go because he picked up a lot of people in that area that need to be picked up. A lot of low income people, and he worked hard, worked long nights."

Robinson added, "Very nice man, always picked my sister up. She didn't even have to pay at times."

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