Suspect arrested in Raleigh taxi driver's death

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Major Earl Edwards Jr. (WTVD)

UPDATE: A second suspect has been charged with murder in connection with the death of 55-year-old Jose Nicolas Dominguez, Raleigh police announced late Tuesday night.

RELATED: Second suspect arrested in Raleigh taxi driver's death

ORIGINAL STORY: A Louisburg man is facing murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a Raleigh taxi driver early Monday morning.

Police arrested 25-year-old Major Earl Edwards Jr. overnight following the murder of 55-year-old Jose Nicolas Dominguez of Raleigh outside an apartment complex.

Major Earl Edwards Jr.

Dominguez was found fatally wounded in the parking lot of the Hodges Creek Apartments in the 2000 block of Hodge Creek Drive around 1:20 a.m., after someone called 911.

"I just pulled up, and I just pulled up in the, in the parking area, I see a cab driver laying, somebody, somebody is laying in the road," the caller told an 911 operator.

Jose Nicolas Dominguez

Authorities said Dominguez had been a driver for Amigo Taxi for the past seven years and was on duty at the time.

Police have said they suspect there was more than one person involved, but no other arrests have been made at this time.

Edwards is currently being held at the Wake County Detention Center. The homicide investigation remains ongoing.

Meanwhile, Dominguez's coworkers have said they believe he was robbed and assaulted.

Jose Nicolas Dominguez

"He was a great coworker," Amigo taxi driver Joaquin Loyola said. "I still can't believe what happened to him. We're told they wanted to assault him or rob him."

Tuesday afternoon, a line of Amigo taxis with "RIP 13" on their back windows circled the Wake County Justice Center to honor Dominguez.

Loyola also said that drivers have radios to call for emergencies, but Dominguez never flagged an emergency.

Authorities have not confirmed whether Dominguez was robbed, saying they can't discuss specifics about the case.

Loyola just knows he lost a friend; one he described as charismatic, happy and always friendly.

"Why? That's the question, why," he said. "I want to know more."

Anyone with information is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit for text and email reporting options.

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