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Friend says slain cab driver was more than just a cab driver

Reginald Williams has been charged with the murder of a Shreveport cab driver. Reginald Williams has been charged with the murder of a Shreveport cab driver.
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

When an accused man allegedly took the life of a Shreveport cab driver, he took a whole lot more than the seemingly random murder would suggest.

In fact, Carlos Jenkins' friends describe him as generous, even with the cab he died in last weekend.

"If they knew who they were dealing with, I think they would have thought twice about it," said Lesley Henderson, a friend of Jenkins.

The taxi driver was shot in the head over the weekend while driving in West Shreveport. His passenger, 24-year-old Reginald Williams, is charged with his murder.

And Henderson believes if the man who pulled the trigger knew the real Carlos, or Carl, as he was known, her friend would still be alive.

"He's just such a great person, I've never met anyone like him," she said.

Henderson said she knew the real Carl for two years.

"Actually, my car broke down and he was helping me and my husband get back and forth to work," she said.

Jenkins shared his Christian faith with Henderson, and she said he often used his cab as a different kind of vehicle - to not only deliver occupants to their destination, but to deliver messages of faith and encouragement to those passengers, the troubled ones.

Henderson was shocked to hear the news that Jenkins had been killed. Shreveport police say Jenkins' cab crashed into an apartment complex in the 700 block of Central Street after he was shot.

"He worked so hard to get that cab," Henderson said. "He bought his own cab and he worked very hard."

Williams was arrested after he reportedly tried to flee the scene with a broken leg. He's been charged with second degree murder.

And while nobody knows exactly what was said in that cab during the moments that led up to Jenkins death, Henderson can't help but wonder what would have happened if he'd just had a little more time to show his kindness.

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