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Reward Offered In Shooting Death Of Queens Livery Driver

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Police are looking for whoever shot and killed a livery cab driver behind the wheel in Queens over the weekend.

Investigators say Patrick Hall, 30, was found slumped over the wheel of a livery cab on Beach 32nd Street in Edgemere Sunday morning.

Police say he had been shot in the head.

"I looked at the guy he was clutching the money in his hand like this and he was slumped over in the car it was unbelievable," said one witness.

Family members say the father of three worked part time as a livery cab driver to help make ends meet.

"He was a family man who loved his children. He was just a really happy person," said Hall's cousin, Tricia Ocasio.

"We'll obviously be having a funeral instead of Thanksgiving this Thanksgiving. I guess we'll be thankful that we had him for the 30 years that we had him," said Hall's cousin, Denise Shortt.

The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers says Hall did not have a license and the car he was driving was not insured.

"There are probably dozens of bases that have no regard for human life. All they want is 40 or 50 dollars that he is going to pay them to get radio time. And the send anyone out to the streets," said New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers President Fernando Mateo.

The owner of the livery car company Hall worked for tells NY1 the driver leased the car from someone else.

A dispatcher at the base says Hall started his shift just after 7 a.m. and had taken two calls.

It's not clear whether or not he picked up a street hail.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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