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Family Remembers Slain Cab Driver


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.


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