Denver taxi driver memorial brings many strangers together

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DENVER -- The Denver community remembered a man on Friday who was killed while moonlighting as a taxi driver.

Police arrested a juvenile suspect for the death of 49-year-old Darren Bloomquist.  Dozens of people came together at the memorial to say goodbye.

Metro Taxi drivers work odd hours and many don't know each other, but they share a common bond.

Bloomquist was a taxi driver, a psychologist and a husband.  He was also the sole caretaker of his disabled wife, Melva.

It wasn't just family he touched, his loss affecting everyone, especially other drivers.

"Being out on the road, we try not to think about things like that because if we dwell on the something like that, then it's not worth the job,” Metro Taxi driver Christine Baker said.

"The last few years since I’ve been disabled was such a burden on him and I felt bad because I couldn't do anything,” Melva Bloomquist said.

Less than two weeks after he was killed, police have a juvenile suspect in custody.

Some say this is justice for a man whose goal was to help others, even if he didn't know them.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it ,” Melva Bloomquist said.

The family is hoping to raise money to help Melva Bloomquist pay her medical bills.  That's one of the reasons he was working two or three jobs, they said.

They have set up a GoFund Me page to gather donations.