A man is dead and police are still looking for the suspects following a weekend shooting.
Police responded to the scene in south Knoxville Sunday afternoon. They found a taxi cab with the victim inside. The victim, Paul Shepherd, died at the hospital. Witnesses told police they saw two men running from the crime scene.
Shepherd just took a job as a taxi driver with Absolutely Taxi and just two days later, tragedy struck him and his family.
Now, the Shepherd family friends are putting together a way to help the family get along.
Shepherd and his family moved away from one Knoxville neighborhood about two years ago, but left an impression on Evelyn Johnson, who lived across the street. She used to take his children to church every Sunday.
One neighbor said he spoke to Shepherd minutes before that fateful trip.
"He just got done talking to him about three thirty Sunday. He said I got to go. I have a call," said Johnson.
Shepherd joined the Absolutely Taxi crew on Friday. Owner Ross Batson is at a loss of words about what happened to his newest hire.
"There are not words for what happened yesterday. It's just completely wrong," said Batson.
Shepherd's car still sits in Batson's driveway, where he runs his business out of.
In keeping in touch with Shepherd's family, Batson found out about a fundraiser. It was created by a long-time friend of Shepherd's wife, Beverley. Batson promoted it from his business' Facebook page.
"We are trying to raise up money for his wife and two kids he has left behind. They are living with his family, And I am pretty sure they need some money to get out of the hole they are in, and now with this unexpected thing that happened, they need more. So we are trying to raise more money up. We have done well in the past few hours, but it needs to keep going," said Batson.
This site raised close to a thousand dollars in just 24 hours.
This incident has done more than take a life, it has changed the way Batson thinks about his company.
"The whole time in business I have always heard about the crazy cab driver. And I always want my customers to feel good. We will take care of you and get you home. But now I am more worried about the customers than the drivers," said Batson.
A life lost, and all friends can say is that he was a great person, caught in a bad situation.
"I am just sad it happened to a nice guy. Usually this happens to nice people," said Johnson.
If you would like to make a donation going toward the family, you can donate through their GoFundMe page.