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Cab driver shot ‘tried to make everybody laugh’

Tom Greenwood and Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — During the 12 years Babul Miah worked at the Checker Cab Co., he was known to have a smile on his face.

“He always came in and tried to make everybody laugh,” said Matthew Oddy, operations manager for Detroit-based Checker Cab.

The cab company was coming to grips Thursday with the fatal shooting of Miah, 41, late Wednesday night on the city’s west side. One man is in custody.

“Our hearts go out to this driver’s family, friends and colleagues,” Checker Cab Co. said in a statement Thursday. “We are committed to working with the Detroit Police Department as they continue to investigate this tragic crime.”

According to police, the incident occurred at about 10:45 p.m. in the 15700 block of Ardmore, near Fenkel and Schaefer.

At that time, a patrol car was in the area when officers spotted a man walking quickly away from a cab.

As officers approached the suspect, he threw away a handgun and tried to flee, police said. The officers apprehended him and recovered the handgun.

Police then checked the yellow cab, which was sitting immobile in the street. Inside, they found the body of the driver.

Miah doesn’t have any family in the Detroit area, Oddy said.

A fund has been set up for Miah at Bank of America: Muslim Family Services/ICNA Relief USA/ Babul Miah.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (313) 222-2023 or Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK UP.

(313) 222-2023