Family Remembers Slain Cab Driver

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SCRANTON — Family and friends came together in south Scranton to say goodbye to 47-year-old Vincent Darbenzio.

“He was a good man and he’d do anything for anybody. That’s the kind of person he was. He didn’t deserve to die like this,” said Peter Capitano, Darbenzio’s uncle.

On Friday morning, Vincent Darbenzio was shot in the head and died near Crown Avenue and Pear Street. He was working as a cab driver.

Darbenzio had only been working at McCarthy Flowered Cabs for about five weeks.

Loved ones said he was just trying to support his family.

“He was always there, a very hard worker, cared a lot about his kids. Just would do anything for anybody,” said John Hitchcock, the victim’s brother-in-law.

Family and friends came to the site where Darbenzio died and lit some candles in his memory. The woman who owns the property said she’ll leave the memorial there for as long as his family needs.

“We’re going to definitely be remembering him everyday of our lives and it’s going to be a long time before we forget what happened,” said Hitchcock.

Darbenzio leaves behind two children.

“His children are doing pretty well. Kids are a little but more resilient. They’re not really understanding the full force of it yet,” said the victim’s brother-in-law.

The family said this vigil is just one small step in their healing process.

But they also said it helps to know how many people loved Darbenzio.

“Vincent was well-liked and that’s why we’re all here today. He had a lot of friends. He’d do anything for anybody,” said he victim’s uncle.

“He’s a great guy and we’re going to miss him a lot,” said Hitchcock.

Aazis Richardson, 16, has been charged with murdering Darbenzio.

The victim’s family also responded to the harsh comments Richardson made about Darbenzio and his family after the arraignment.

They hope the district attorney will seek the maximum penalty for Richardson and that Darbenzio will get justice.


  • Big Guy

    Remember when this killer said “That’s what happens when people don’t listen to me !”

    Oh Dreads, how I would love to be in a room with you without your gun tough guy !

    Cuz I won’t listen to you, and you would not be able to 1 thing about it, not 1 – Your a pathetic little coward without the gun, looking at you girly dreads, you couldn’t get anyone to listen to you.

    Your clip was insulting, enraging, nauseating ! Rot in Hell you murderous scum !

  • deborahrmorgan

    You csn compare whats happening to our neighborhoods to the subprime loan crisis …..where the banks loaned out money to anyone who wanted money…..Baltimore sued bank of america for destroying hugh swaths of the city……same thing here but now its not the banks ….its the landlords destroying neighborhoods and if that doesnt sound about right to you….then your eyesight has failed.

  • deborahrmorgan

    Somehow someway…we need to hold the landlords who rent to this vermin accountable….right now they have no skin in the game. As for the projects….same thing…..but begin w through background checks…..and maybe compare post office records w project occupants. If they dont match up to application documents….throw them out…..we have to get rid of the breeding ground…..public housing was not designed to proliferate criminals nor harbor them.

    • Dr. RothEisenSteinBerg

      Okay, for some reason my other message didn’t go through. Deborah, I know what you’re saying, but I don’t think it would be very fair to blame the landlords. They really have no way of knowing who will turn out bad, whether they’re local or not. Ultimately, the tenants should be held responsible for their own actions. If you think about it, I’m sure the landlords don’t really want somebody trashing their apartments either. I’m sure they try not to put bad people in their places. Some of the bad apples might be people who just secretly move in with the actual tenants too. It’s a tough situation.

  • deborahrmorgan

    This is not a local police issue…..theyre clearly overwhelmed…..and possibly burnt out…..who wouldnt be…..its an almost everyday occurrence…..we need to export the vermin to somewhere else… Alaska. If we were russia we`d be shipping them off to siberia.

  • Save The Squirrels

    It’s so sad that this man was taken away from his family by someone his taxes were probably feeding. I’m so tired of us having to support the very people who rob, rape, assault, and murder us.

    • deborahrmorgan

      We as citizens have to come together w our local elected officals and devise a way to get rid of this vermin. Maybe we should start w our elected state reps and senators…..this is intolerable.

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