Family, friends of slain taxi driver march in Newburgh to call for justice in unsolved case
Family and co-workers of a taxi driver killed on duty in Newburgh marched Thursday to call for justice and change following the murder.
It’s been two weeks since Jorge Arbayza was gunned down in the front seat of his cab.
On Thursday, his family, fellow drivers and friends marched to Newburgh City Hall to call for justice in the unsolved case.
A total of 25 people have been shot in Newburgh this year – many within the last few weeks, according to police.
Arbayza was the first fatality.
“We need City Hall to pay attention to the Spanish community and the taxi drivers. Drivers work hard and do a good service for the community," said the victim's brother, Mario Arbaiza.
Arbaiza wants bulletproof partitions and cameras installed in all Newburgh taxis to prevent the tragedy from happening again – something the city is considering as a possible mandate.
Eight people were arrested last week in connection to the case on gun and drug charges last week, but not for his death.
Police say Arbayza was gunned down during a robbery gone wrong.
Since his death, another man was shot four times on Wednesday, two blocks away from where Arbayza was killed.
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Jorge Arbayza’s killer.
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