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Mohamad (Mo) Nakib-Arbaji

Toronto, Ontario / April 21, 2003

Mohamad (Mo) Nakib-Arbaji, 53, was a Toronto taxi driver for 22 years. In 1999 when the city of Toronto created a new class of non-transferable "Ambassador" taxi operator licenses he was one of the first applicants to obtain one. He drove as an independent owner-operator for Able-Atlantic Taxi.

At 10:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2003 Mr. Nakib-Arbaji ended his shift and dropped into the Daisy Mart in the shopping mall at Sheppard and Morningside before heading home. He and other drivers frequented the store and routinely parked in the mall lot while waiting for calls.

Mr. Nakib-Arbaji walked in on a robbery in progress. He grappled with the robber, described as a thin young man of medium complexion between 17 and 20 years old, and was fatally shot in the neck and back. He died in hospital.

Ironically Mr. Nakib-Arbaji was wearing a bulletproof vest. Acquaintances speculated that this may have influenced him to confront the robber.

He began wearing the vest soon after two Toronto-area cab drivers were murdered in the same week in 1999-2000. Mohammadulla Saighani, a friend, was beaten and stabbed to death on Dec. 30, 1999. Baljindar Singh Rai was stabbed to death on New Year's Day, 2000.

Mr. Nakib-Arbaji was born in Lebanon. His first wife died of a heart attack seven years before his homicide. The couple had three children, now adults. He remarried and had a three-year-old son and an 18-month-old daughter at the time of his death.

"This has shocked the family... the community," said Mr. Nakib-Arbaji's 27-year-old son, a Toronto transit driver who appealed to the public for help in finding the killer. "It's taken my heart out. This has killed me."

On April 24, 2017, the Toronto police appealed to the public for new information about the 14-year-old murder. "This man was killed while attempting to stop a violent armed robbery," said Detective-Sergeant Stacey Gallant in the video appeal. "Stand up for him. Stand up for his family and the public. Identify his killer."

Mohamad (Mo) Nakib-Arbaji. (Source: Toronto Police Service Cold Case Files.)

Because of the location and circumstances of Mr. Nakib-Arbaji's death, it was not recorded as a taxi driver homicide by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. For another excluded case, see Marc Gauthier.