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Cold Case: Jafar Barzanjy


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December 21, 1991

7000 Akins Avenue


Jafar Barzanjy, a cab driver, was shot and killed in his cab during an apparent robbery.

On the night of December 21, 1991, Barzanjy was involved in an altercation that started when several customers left without paying a taxi fare. Barzanjy was so angry and upset over the incident that his supervisor told him to go home for the night to calm down. However, Barzanjy ignored the advice and instead went back out in his cab to try and regain his lost earnings.

Later that night, a fellow cab driver saw Barzanjy pick up two or three men in the area of Hotel Circle. The driver had earlier refused to give these men a ride because they were acting suspiciously. However, Barzanjy accepted them as fares. A short time later, residents in the area of 7000 Akins heard gunshots and found Barzanjy suffering from a gunshot wound, slumped in the driver's seat of his cab which had rolled to a stop in the middle of the street. A witness saw a black male get out of the cab after the shots were fired and flee on foot.