‘He always put others first.’ Cab driver who was fatally beaten remembered at funeral service
Dozens of mourners remembered Bronx cab driver Kutin Gyimah during funeral services Friday six weeks after he was fatally beaten.
The ceremony was emotional for Gyimah’s loved ones and four young children who are still in disbelief that their father is gone.
Gyimah was just starting his workday on Aug. 13 when he dropped passengers off at Beach 54 Street and Arverne Boulevard in Far Rockaway, Queens. Police say the passengers attempted to evade the cab fare and assaulted Gyimah when he chased after them.
He hit his head on the ground, which caused his death.
"I want to advise people to become passionate about other people's feelings,” his wife said at the funeral service. “The way my husband was taken away, it has hurt a lot of people, he comes from a family, and we are really, really hurt.”
She told News 12 that she hopes her husband’s death serves as a lesson to not take advantage of others.
Dozens of family members showed up wearing red and black, which signifies in Ghanian culture that they are in a period of mourning. The reason they waited nearly six weeks to hold the funeral is because many of Gyimah's family members had to travel to the Bronx from Ghana.
Church leader Daniel Obeng says the last six weeks have been painful.
“He led a very good life," he said. "He never put himself first. He always put others and his family first and we never in our entire lives though this would happen to him. He doesn't deserve it at all."
Gyimah is being buried at the Oakland Cemetery.
A 13-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and two 20-year-old Queens men have been arrested in connection to Gyimah’s death.