- Associated Press - Saturday, February 25, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Somali immigrant cab driver found beaten and robbed last week in Pittsburgh has died, and two men accused of assaulting and robbing him are facing charges, authorities said.

Ramadhan Mohamed, 31, died shortly before 6 p.m. Friday at UPMC Presbyterian, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said. The zTrip cab driver was found early Tuesday in the Beltzhoover neighborhood after the assault.

Public safety officials allege that two men called the zTrip cab early Tuesday with the intention of robbing the driver. King Edwards, 20, and Hosea Moore, 20, were charged with attempted homicide, robbery and conspiracy before Mohamed’s death; there was no immediate word on whether the charges would be upgraded. Authorities said in court papers that two other suspects were being sought.

Authorities have said that there was no evidence that the suspects were motivated by the driver’s nationality, although the investigation continues. Mike Manko, spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney’s office, said his office agreed that there was no evidence of ethnic intimidation in the attack.

Jamie Campolongo, president of Pittsburgh Transportation Group, said the company is shocked by the crime in what he called a “generally safe, tolerant and friendly city.”



“We have a diverse list of approved drivers that is representative of many nationalities, races and religious beliefs,” he said. “Our concerns are for the safety of both the passengers who use our service and the lease drivers who operate in the Greater Pittsburgh area.”

Campolongo said drivers were collecting money for the victim’s family, and the company would match the amount collected. In addition, all zTrip cabs would bear black ribbons, he said.

The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh said in a statement Friday that Mohamed leaves behind a wife with a baby on the way as well a 2-year-old son.

Ramadhan was kind and easygoing,” the center said. “Dedicated to his faith and to service, he volunteered every weekend teaching youth.”

Court documents don’t list an attorney for the defendants who could respond to the charges; listed numbers for them couldn’t be found Saturday.

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