Taxi operator gunned down

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DAVID HYLTON

Crime fighters in St. James are still to establish a motive for the brazen daylight murder of 51-year-old taxi operator, David Hylton, of lot 616 Rhyne Park Village, who was shot by a gunman posing as a passenger last Friday.

Reports are that about 8:20 a.m., Hylton was travelling with passengers, including teachers and students, when he stopped to let off a male passenger along the roadway in a section of Rhyne Park.

He reportedly collected the payment and was about to hand the passenger his change, when the passenger brandished a handgun and shot him twice to the back of his head before exiting the vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot.

The police were called and on arrival, the lawmen saw Hylton seated upright in the vehicle with the money he was handling still in one of his hands. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Speaking briefly, one woman who knew Hylton but declined to give her name said she was in shock as she was unaware of anything which could have triggered such a vicious attack on him.

“I am still in shock. I can’t believe it. He was such a nice person who cared about his family and for him to go like this is just heart-rending,” she said.

A taxi operator who also plies the Rhyne Park route, who opted to speak under the cloak of anonymity, said Hylton was a good man:

“All I know was that he was a good man. I don’t know what could have caused such an evil attack on this man, who was going about his business earning a living for himself and his family. Right now, I am having second thoughts about this taxi business,” he concluded.

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