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Neighbors React To Accused Killer’s Words

SCRANTON — Neighbors reacted to Aazis Richardson’s words when he was lead away in handcuffs in Scranton.

Aazis Richardson, 16, seemed to have no regret as he was lead away in handcuffs Friday night after confessing to killing Scranton cab driver Vincent Darbenzio.

Richardson’s apparent reason for the shooting was that he thought the cabbie was running up the fare when he allegedly shot him twice in the head on Crown Avenue.

That’s what I do to people who don’t listen,” said Richardson.

The nonchalance displayed by the accused teen horrified the victim’s neighbors.

“It’s crazy, all I can say it’s crazy, I mean who does that at that age?” said Daisy Valentine of Scranton.

“I didn’t know Scranton was that bad, you know, I mean I could see something like that happening in New York, but Scranton, I did not expect that,” said Israel Clemente of Scranton.

“If that were my kid I would have to beat them down, their parents should teach them right from wrong,” said Betty Jean Webber of Scranton.

Perhaps the most surprising words Richardson uttered were directed towards the dead man’s family.

“What do you say to the victims family. **** them.”

A small cross now stands in the spot where Vincent Darbenzio lost his life.

His brother Chris said that he was left speechless by what the accused killer had to say to the victim’s family.

“For him to use the f word, against the family, when the family didn’t do absolutely nothing, it’s insane,” said Clemente.

Darbenzio was a father of two and had only recently started driving a cab.

Richardson is locked up without bail on charges including first degree murder in Lackawanna County.


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