Monday, March 21, 2016

Second West African killed while working as a driver in Detroit this month

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 4:32 PM

click to enlarge Modou Diagne's ID card. - PHOTO COURTESY FATOU-SEYDI SARR
  • Photo courtesy Fatou-Seydi Sarr
  • Modou Diagne's ID card.

When Modou Diagne’s car smashed into a tree in front of a residential Detroit home near the intersection of Joy and Livernois roads this weekend, the homeowner called the police to report a drunken driver. Police, however, found out the dead motorist was a crime victim, an Uber driver who was killed while working, with gunshot wounds in the arms and the back of the head. At 3:30 a.m. March 20, the Senegal-born driver of 15 years was pronounced dead, after which police visited Diagne’s home to announce his death to his pregnant wife. Nothing was reportedly stolen from Diagne but his phones.

This comes in the wake of another killing of a West African driver: Mamadou Ba, a native of the Republic of Guinea, was killed in his taxicab around 10 a.m. March 6. The 25-year-old business student had been in Detroit for two years, and is survived by his wife.

Members of Detroit’s West African immigrant communities are organizing a special meeting this week to develop a response to these crimes. The discussion is certain to include educating the public, helping protect West Africans who drive for a living, and demanding a full police investigation into these killings.

The meeting takes place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Khadimu Rassul Foundation, 21500 Schoolcraft Rd., Detroit. For more information, call Alhousseynou Ba at 313-702-5632 or email

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation