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POLICE HUNT WEAPON IN FATAL STABBING OF TAXI DRIVER

Buffalo homicide detectives Friday night were trying to recover the weapon used earlier in the day in the stabbing death of a taxicab driver on the West Side.

Terrence Ferguson, 35, of 32 Briggs Ave. was thrown from a blue, 1979 taxi at 223 Efner St. at 4:45 a.m., police said. He died at 5:10 a.m. in Columbus Hospital. The Erie County medical examiner's office said death was due to a stab wound to the chest and heart.

"Our preliminary feeling is that robbery is going to be the motive," said Capt. Richard T. Donovan, chief of the Homicide Bureau. He said the interior of the cab was covered with blood and that the glove compartment contents were found strewn inside the vehicle.

The cab was found at 5:20 a.m. at 50 College St., police said.

Investigators said Ferguson operated the cab as an independent and that the vehicle was owned by a Williamsville man.

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