Taxi driver found slain in own cab suspects sought

January 21, 1996|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF

A longtime taxi driver was found shot to death in his cab yesterday morning in Northeast Baltimore. Police knew of no suspects yesterday.

David M. Lorusso, 44, of the 3000 block of Eastern Ave. who drove a cab for Overlea Cab Co. for 10 years, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 5500 block of Bowleys Lane near Moravia Road and Sinclair Lane about 2:20 a.m.

He had been shot once in the head, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a Baltimore police spokesman.

It was not clear yesterday if anything was stolen, Agent Weinhold said.

Police also did not know if Mr. Lorusso had been killed in the cab. He was found lying across the front seat of the vehicle, police said.

His employer, Harry Miller, president of Overlea Cab Co., described Mr. Lorusso as "one of his best drivers. He was a real nice guy, well-liked."

Mr. Lorusso worked full time for the company.

"We're just like family here," said Mr. Miller, who had to tell Mr. Lorusso's mother of her son's death yesterday.

Mr. Lorusso is the second Overlea Cab driver to be slain in less than a year

In March, David W. Tidwell, a 47-year-old driver for the company, was killed during a robbery attempt in West Baltimore.

Police said he was shot in the head. Two women were charged in that shooting.

Mr. Tidwell had driven for the Overlea Cab Co. about four months.

"It's such a shame," Mr. Miller said, trying to make sense of the deaths. "They can't just rob them. They have to kill them."

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