City of Newburgh – On Saturday October 2 on North Miller Street there was a vigil for Cab Driver Arbayza DeCruz who was robbed and shot to death on September 30. Relatives, friends, family members and several cab drivers all met to remember a man that was just trying to make extra money driving a cab. On September 30 at around eight-thirty at night that all ended when someone robbed and shot him. City of Newburgh Police were called and attempts to save his life were made, but he died at Montefiore-St Lukes Cornwall Hospital. Pictures, candles, and balloons were set up on tables to remember the him.
Everyone at the vigil prayed together. His sister Juana Bendezu held a picture of Arbayza while standing next to his brother Mario Arbaiza. Karen Mejia, Ward One-city council member talked about the gun violence in the city and said she hopes to have it stopped. Chief of Police Anthony Geraci, Newburgh’s second in command, said that the violence has to stop and everyone in the community needs to get involved. He noted that he was at the shooting that night and watched city officers doing what they could to try to save Arbayza’s life, and that “It was a shame that it happened”. He also spoke of the agencies that are working on the case and that the ATF has offered a reward for information and arrest. Family members thanked everyone for attending and requested that they stay and have some food that was provided