Community Remembers CATS Bus Driver Killed On The Job In Road Rage Incident
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Police confirm a road rage incident led to the murder of a CATS bus driver in Uptown Charlotte.
Friends and co-workers are remembering 41-year-old Ethan Rivera, as police continue the search for his killer.
“It’s a senseless act,” says a CATS bus driver, who wants to stay anonymous. “Something real stupid. And somebody lost his life over nonsense.”
A small memorial is growing at the spot Rivera was gunned down while on the job.
“This hurts. Hurts everybody on the job. Anybody that’s a bus operator is feeling this,” the driver says.
Police say road rage led someone in an SUV to pull up to the bus and fire shots at West Trade Street, near North Graham, around 9:30 on Friday night.
Rivera died later at the hospital.
“No words can express the depths of this tragedy and the impact it will have on Ethan, his family, his friends, and the CATS family,” said CATS CEO John Lewis, at a news conference on Monday.
Friends say Rivera was a father who moved to Charlotte from New York a few years ago.
“I just remember him as always being a genuine guy. You know, he always helped you out when he could,” says Eddie, who worked with Rivera at Amazon, where Rivera was employed part-time.
He calls the road rage killing senseless.
“I mean, really? They probably seen each other for seconds and somebody resulted to that? They took it that far?” Eddie asks.
Police are urging anyone who may know more to speak up.
“There’s no piece of information that’s too small. Every little thing, anything you know might be the little piece that helps us solve this tragic crime,” says Capt. Joel McNelly, with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.
Rivera worked as a CATS bus driver for a little over a year.
Police hope to release images of a possible suspect and their vehicle in the coming days.