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  • Taxi driver's murder alarms others

    Fellow cabbies are shocked by Talent man's death and fear possible follow-up attacks
  • A taxi driver's brutal shooting during an apparent robbery Saturday night has left his fellow cab drivers in shock at the loss of a friend and on edge that the killer is still at large.
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  • A taxi driver's brutal shooting during an apparent robbery Saturday night has left his fellow cab drivers in shock at the loss of a friend and on edge that the killer is still at large.
    "Until they catch whoever did it, we're prime targets," said Dean Davis, the 56-year-old owner of Diamond Taxi. "You never thought it would happen in a town like this."
    Talent resident William Roy Huson, known as "Huey" by other taxi drivers, was shot in the head sometime after 10:40 p.m. Saturday. His body was dumped in a field on Helo Drive, west of the intersection of Vilas Road and Highway 62, according to Medford police.
    Huson, who turned 58 on Saturday, had last reported in with Valley Cab and Limousine near Howiee's on Front in downtown Medford, police said.
    Huson told his dispatcher he was taking a fare to Vilas Road. Valley Cab called police at 1:02 a.m. to report he was missing.
    Officers found Huson's taxi at 5:02 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot near Ninth and Almond streets, just east of Interstate 5 near downtown Medford. Police would only say that investigators discovered evidence in the car that indicated a serious crime had occurred. Separate sources said the inside of the car was blood-soaked.
    After investigators found the car, they searched the area near Vilas Road, finding Huson's body in a field at 8:23 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his head. Police released a description of a possible suspect Monday evening (see related story) and were asking anyone who was in the vicinity of Howiee's Saturday night to call 541-770-4783 or to make an anonymous tip at www.tipsubmit.com.
    Davis, who plans to get a concealed handgun license to protect himself, said Huson had been both a dispatcher and driver over the years and was well-known among other cab drivers.
    "He was just a good guy," he said. "It was a sad day yesterday for all the cab drivers."
    Davis said taxi drivers will be on edge until the killer is caught. In the meantime, Davis said, he will have customers sit in the front seat at night to keep a better eye on them.
    Alice Scott, who works with Davis at Diamond Taxi, said she considered Huson to be her best friend, noting he taught her the ropes of being a cab driver 17 years ago.
    "There was nothing about Huey that you didn't like," said the 39-year-old Ashland resident.
    After Scott found out Huson was missing, she searched for him around 1 a.m, Sunday in the Vilas Road area.
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