The small children of a killed city cabbie didn’t have the foggiest idea about their dad was dead till after a Sunday public interview — where the most seasoned ones cried thinking they were grieving another person, family told The Post.
“They were asking me, ‘Mama, for what reason would you say you are sporting dark? Where is Daddy?’ since they realize that he goes to work today and tomorrow,”
Abigail Barwuah, the stricken widow of killed cabbie Kutin Gyimah, reviewed in a selective meeting.
” ‘He went yesterday, and he should be home today, where is he?’ “
she said their youngsters asked her.
From the beginning, the family let the children know that their dad had gone
“back to Africa” since “it’s a custom to not inform kids concerning passing when they are exceptionally youthful.”
made sense of the casualty’s sibling, Richmond Awuah, taking note of the family is from Ghana.
Awuah said his sibling’s most seasoned two kids, ages 8 and 7, cried at the question and answer session since they saw their mom and different family members upset and didn’t have the foggiest idea about the family’s tears were for their dad.
“Be that as it may, after the question and answer session, we informed them,”
At the presser, Gyimah’s widow fought through tears as she called on Mayor Eric Adams and the NYPD to catch the five suspects who fatally beat her husband in a botched robbery in Queens early Saturday.
Gyimah, 52, was killed chasing down the suspects after they tried to rob him in Arverne. One of the assailants took a swing at the cabbie — sending him flying to the street, where he cracked his head, police said.
Gyimah’s weeping widow was barely audible Sunday as she struggled to speak.
Barwuah described her late husband as “responsible,” “loving” and “caring” as she stood alongside by more than a dozen relatives, friends and fellow cab drivers. She said he spent most of his free time with his kids.
“He didn’t rest throughout the pandemic — he was working,”
the inconsolable widow said.
“He was a good, good man. He was my backbone.”
Barwuah told The Post her husband would usually let creeps and criminals go rather than escalating confrontation.
“He would tell them to just go and drive off because he knows how crazy the city is,”
“ ‘Just leave them to go.’ I don’t know what happened this time.”
The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the three men and two women sought in connection with the robbery and fatal attack.
Raphael Barwuah, the victim’s father-in-law who lives with the family, said his daughter works as a nurse’s aid at Montefiore Hospital. He said Gyimah went to work early Saturday, and the family then got a phone call informing them he’d been killed.
The elder Barwuah echoed his daughter’s call for justice, urging Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell to
“do what they need to do.”
An accountant in his home country of Ghana, Gyimah came to New York nearly two decades ago and found work driving taxis, said best friend Samuel Ayebi.
Ayebi, 50, said he picked Gyimah up at the airport when he arrived to the US about 18 years ago and introduced him to the taxi business.
“He was very hard working… It’s a very painful loss,”
A GoFundMe page set up for the family had raised nearly $70,000 as of Sunday evening.
Barwuah said on Sunday afternoon that she had cried herself dry.
“I’m not even having any tears anymore. I feel so lost,”
she told The Post. “My kids’ hero is gone.
“All I want is justice for my husband. If I get justice, it’s not going to bring him back but at least I’ll get some closure that those who did it have been arrested.”