A cab driver shot over $7 in December says it's a slow recovery. Annuel Delicieux's injuries forced him off the job. Now, his family is about to be forced from its home.
"Why is my life going away for $7," asked Delicieux.
On December 18th, the Yellow Cab of Tampa driver was dropping off a customer on West Chestnut Street. As he handed over his $7 fare, two men approached the cab and demanded money. Delicieux gave them the cash in his hand, then attempted to drive off. Police say one of the men shot him in the chest, at close range, with a shotgun. The blast also caused serious damage to Delicieux's arm.
"With my family, my three daughters and my wife, I used to take care of them," said Delicieux. "Now I can't work."
Scars on his chest and arm serve as constant reminders of that night. It's also difficult for him to walk following reconstructive surgery to repair his arm with a vein from his thigh.
"I feel like I'm living a miserable life," said Delicieux.
A stranger with a big heart, named Carol Winn-Jackson, saw Delicieux's story on TV and decided to help.
"All for $7? It's greed," said Winn-Jackson.
She got a hold of Delicieux through the Siloe Haitian Baptist Church, where he teaches Sunday school. Winn-Jackson and her neighbors donated money, clothes, and household goods to the family.
"That make my heart so, so, so happy because she tried to help us," said Delicieux.
Yellow Cab of Tampa and the church have also helped, but now the family needs more. An eviction notice from Delicieux's landlord says they must leave the place they've called home for 9-years. He said his landlord has been patient, but they can't afford to pay rent without him working.
They need to find a new place to live in less than two weeks.
"That costs money," said Winn-Jackson. "Where is it going to come from? Unless somebody steps in and helps."
If you'd like to help the Delicieux family, you can contact the Siloe Haitian Baptist Church at (813) 479-5347.
Tampa Police have arrested two men in connection with the shooting.
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