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Uber driver killed in Detroit

Police find Modou Diagne shot twice, dead on city's west side

DETROIT – Modou Diagne came from his native Senegal to Detroit in search of a better life. He had been driving for Uber for the past three years to support his wife and children.

"He was working all the time, no days off. Sometimes 19 hours a day," said niece Fatima Diop.

So it was no surprise Diagne was driving Saturday night into Sunday morning. His car crashed at the intersection of Livernois and Joy on the city's west side.

At first, people thought it was a case of drunk driving, until police got to the scene and realized he'd been shot twice and was dead.

Uber drivers carry no cash, but whoever did this to him stole his phone.

Police paid a visit to the family's west side home to give them the news. His wife, Batal, is pregnant and she already has three children under the age of 6. Her English is limited, but she told Local 4 News through a family member she has nowhere to go and doesn't feel safe.

The idea of a GoFundMe account is something completely foreign to the family and resources are very limited.

Diagne is the second driver from West Africa who has been shot and killed in the city this month. The first was Mamadou Ba, who was driving a taxi when he was shot and killed March 6.


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