Reward offered in case of cabbie killed in SW Houston


Houston police have identified the victim as Donalvon Odell Rhyne, 52. He was killed at about 10:45pm Thursday at 7300 Brompton.

Neighbors say the murder has been the big buzz for days. Yellow Cab is now offering an additional $5,000 reward, hoping it could help lead police to those who murdered Rhyne.

Fighting back tears, Pamela Rhyne and her family are pleading for answers about the men who shot United Cab driver Donalvon Rhyne. The 52-year-old man was murdered after dropping off a customer at the Camden Vanderbilt apartments on Brompton late Thursday night.

Widow Pamela Rhyne said, "It's just so senseless. He drove a cab for so long and he was always safe. We never even thought that something like this could even happen in this city."

Police say the veteran cab driver and former air force sergeant, better known as Von, was sitting outside the complex documenting his trip when two unidentified men approached. They say surveillance video they've yet to release shows the suspects robbing Rhyne, shooting him and running off. A passerby noticed Rhyne slumped over in his cab the next morning and called 911.

"Our suspects are described as two black males in their mid 20's, around 5'7" to 5'11," said HPD Sgt. W.L. Meeler. "Both of them were wearing dark clothing. About a skinny body build, one of them is described as being taller, taller and muscular."

Police say both suspects were wearing dark clothing, with their pants worn low around the hips.

Neighbors in this area have been on edge and concerned about safety since the violent murder, as have taxi drivers, who are praying for Rhyne's family as they continue the search for answers.

"We were a family that loved each other very much, and have lost somebody who loved us too," Pamela said.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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