Edwin Obazuaye | Homicide Watch Chicagohttp://homicides.suntimes.com/victims/edwin-obazuaye/Latest news about Edwin Obazuayeen-usMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:08:22 -0500One of two men charged with killing cabbie Edwin Obazuaye during robbery in 2013 gets 60 yearshttp://homicides.suntimes.com/2015/08/24/one-of-two-men-charged-with-killing-cabbie-edwin-obazuaye-during-robbery-in-2013-gets-60-years/<p>By LEEANN SHELTON<br /> Chicago Sun-Times Wire<br /> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2015/08/James.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2015/08/James-225x300.jpg" alt="Eric Taylor | Cook County sheriff&#039;s office" width="225" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-13015" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Eric Taylor | Cook County sheriff's office</p>One of two men charged with the fatal shooting of cab driver <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/victims/edwin-obazuaye/">Edwin Obazuaye</a> during a 2013 robbery on the South Side has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.</p> <p><a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/eric-taylor/">Eric Taylor</a>, 31, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder on July 29 following a four-day jury trial, according to court records. Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced him to a total of 60 years in prison at a hearing Friday, court records show.</p> <p>Obazuaye picked up Taylor and co-defendant <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/gregory-james/">Gregory James</a> at Taylor’s home in the 8500 block of South Parnell about 5:45 p.m. March 14, 2013, authorities said previously.<br /> <span id="more-13011"></span><br /> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2015/08/Taylor.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2015/08/Taylor-225x300.jpg" alt="Gregory James | Cook County sheriff&#039;s office" width="225" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-13012" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Gregory James | Cook County sheriff's office</p><br /> When the men entered the cab, they demanded the driver’s possessions, police said. After traveling about a mile, at least one of the men opened fire near 91st and Lafayette.</p> <p>Obazuaye was shot twice, and the men ran off with his cell phone, authorities said. The South Holland resident died four days later.</p> <p>James is still awaiting trial and will next appear in court Oct. 23.</p> Jeff MayesMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:08:22 -0500http://homicides.suntimes.com/2015/08/24/one-of-two-men-charged-with-killing-cabbie-edwin-obazuaye-during-robbery-in-2013-gets-60-years/Edwin ObazuayeGregory JamesEric TaylorGregory James charged with murder in 2013 shooting death of cab driver Edwin Obazuayehttp://homicides.suntimes.com/2014/07/25/gregory-james-charged-with-murder-in-2013-shooting-death-of-cab-driver-edwin-obazuaye/<p><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2014/07/GregoryJames.jpg" alt="Gregory James / Photo from Chicago Police" width="100%" height="auto" class="size-full wp-image-7361" /><br /> Gregory James / Photo from Chicago Police</p> <p><a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/gregory-james/">Gregory James</a> is the second man to be charged with murder in the shooting death of a 48-year-old cab driver <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/victims/edwin-obazuaye/">Edwin Obazuaye</a> last year on the South Side.</p> <p>James, 29 of the 6400 block of South Richmond Street, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of forcible murder, police said. <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/eric-taylor/">Eric Taylor</a>, 28, had previously been charged with murder.</p> <p>Obazuaye had picked up James and Taylor in the 8500 block of South Parnell about 5:45 p.m. March 14, 2013, authorities said.<br /> <span id="more-7360"></span><br /> <iframe src="http://homicides.suntimes.com/api/v1/homicides/99.html" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p>When the men entered the cab they demanded the driver’s possessions, police said. After traveling about a mile, at least one of the men opened fire near South Lafayette Avenue and West 91st Street.</p> <p>Obazuaye was shot twice, and the men ran off with his cell phone, authorities said.</p> <p>Obazuaye, of South Holland, died four days later, authorities said.</p> <p>Taylor is being held without bond, while James is being held on $2 million bond.</p> <p>-- Sun-Times Media Wire</p> Michael LansuFri, 25 Jul 2014 18:30:05 -0500http://homicides.suntimes.com/2014/07/25/gregory-james-charged-with-murder-in-2013-shooting-death-of-cab-driver-edwin-obazuaye/Edwin ObazuayeGregory JamesEric Taylor‘I didn’t raise him like that,’ says mom of man accused of killing cabbiehttp://homicides.suntimes.com/2013/03/22/i-didnt-raise-him-like-that-says-mom-of-man-accused-of-killing-cabbie/<p><strong>Chicago Sun-Times (IL)<span style="color: #444444;"> - Friday, March 22, 2013</span></strong></p> <p><strong><i>Author/Byline: </i><i>RUMMANA HUSSAIN ; Criminal Courts </i></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #444444;">When Patricia Howard realized she was standing next to the cousin of the taxi driver her son is accused of fatally shooting, she looked him in the eye and repeatedly told him she was sorry. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #444444;">“I didn’t raise him like that,” the mother of six said Friday in a trembling voice before the tall man gently hugged Howard. “This shouldn’t have happened.” </span></p> <p>Howard and the mother of Eric Taylor’s 2-month-old baby said while Taylor isn’t an angel, they don’t think he is capable of pulling the trigger as Cook County prosecutors said he did on the night of the March 14.</p> <p>But they do believe Taylor was “peer pressured” by another man, who Taylor’s girlfriend said is her relative.</p> <p>Taylor was shot in the face when he was 15 and, as a result, has the mental capacity of child, the women said.</p> <p>“This was not his idea. This wasn’t an idea he planned,” the girlfriend said after Taylor was ordered held without bail for Edwin Obazuaye ’s murder at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.</p> <p>“He would never kill nobody.”</p> <p>But assistant state’s attorney Melissa Samp said Taylor, 28, had summoned Obazuaye to his apartment in the 8500 block of South Parnell with the intention of robbing and shooting him.</p> <p>Within minutes after entering Obazuaye ’s Ford Explorer taxi, Taylor and the other man demanded Obazuaye ’s money, Samp said.</p> <p>Obazuaye refused, looking for a police officer when Taylor, sitting directly behind Obazuaye , allegedly pistol-whipped the cabbie and struck him in the head.</p> <p>Taylor, currently on parole for a 2007 armed robbery and carjacking, then broke the driver’s side window and fired the gun through the driver’s seat, strikingObazuaye in the back, Samp said.</p> <p>Obazuaye ’s car slowly rolled through the intersection of 91st and Lafayette before coming to a stop.</p> <p>Taylor and the other man, who were unable to open the doors because the child locks were activated, crawled through the broken window of the car and fled, Samp said. Taylor allegedly still had the weapon in his hand.</p> <p>As he was being rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Obazuaye , 48, told authorities he had been robbed in his taxi.</p> <p>He suffered a heart attack and died four days later while being treated for his wound.</p> <p>Taylor allegedly admitted to detectives his role in the murder. He also said he cut his hand while coming out of the cab and identified items that had been left in the rear seat of the taxi, Samp said.</p> <p>Taylor, who was wearing a Yale jacket in court Friday, continually looked back at his family as prosecutors detailed the crime.</p> <p>His girlfriend made a shape of a heart with her fingers through the glass.</p> <p>Taylor is “not a bad person. He just got caught with the wrong person,” said the girlfriend, who didn’t want her name used.</p> <p>“I’m confused. I’m hurt. It’s like a bad nightmare,” Howard said following Friday’s hearing.</p> <p>Obazuaye ’s cousin refused comment.</p> John CarpenterFri, 22 Mar 2013 14:34:50 -0500http://homicides.suntimes.com/2013/03/22/i-didnt-raise-him-like-that-says-mom-of-man-accused-of-killing-cabbie/Edwin ObazuayeEric TaylorCab driver dies after shot in robbery last weekhttp://homicides.suntimes.com/2013/03/19/cab-driver-dies-after-shot-in-robbery-last-week/<p><strong>Chicago Sun-Times (IL)<span style="color: #444444;"> - Tuesday, March 19, 2013</span></strong></p> <p>A 48-year-old cab driver who was robbed and then shot by two men who hailed his car on the South Side last week has died, authorities said.</p> <p>South Holland resident Edwin Obazuaye died 7:03 p.m. Monday at Advocate Christ Hospital -- four days after a bullet grazed his head and another pierced his back -- according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.</p> <p>Last Thursday about 5:45 p.m. Obazuaye , of the 400 block of East 167th Street in the south suburb, was hailed in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said.</p> <p>The two men who climbed in his cab in the 8500 block of South Parnell Avenue quickly demanded Obazuaye ’s possessions, police said.</p> <p>After traveling a little further than a mile, at least one of the men opened fire near West 91st Street and South Lafayette Avenue, striking the cabbie twice, authorities said.</p> <p>The two fled on foot, taking the Obazuaye ’s cell phone, police said. It is unclear if they also stole money from him.</p> <p>No arrests have been made. The murder remains under investigation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> John CarpenterTue, 19 Mar 2013 14:32:21 -0500http://homicides.suntimes.com/2013/03/19/cab-driver-dies-after-shot-in-robbery-last-week/Edwin Obazuaye