Hizkias Woldegabriel was described as a man who worked tirelessly to provide for his wife and two children, 21-year-old Negusu Hizkias and 18-year-old Liya Hizkias.

By Brandon Marshall (NewsChannel 5) |

NASHVILLE, Ten.―Nashville’s Ethiopian community held a candlelight vigil for a beloved man killed in a crash downtown.

A few hundred people gathered at the intersection of Peabody Street and 2nd Avenue South on Sunday where 55-year-old Hizkias Woldegabriel died after a Ford van struck him in his taxicab.

Friends said his death left a big hole in their hearts.

Hizkias was described as a man who worked tirelessly to provide for his wife and two children, 21-year-old Negusu Hizkias and 18-year-old Liya Hizkias.

Both children were born in Seattle, Washington but attended Hume-Fogg High School.

“The Hume-Fogg faculty reached out to me. The Ethiopian community that you see behind me, they’re huge. They’ve always got my back since I got here about ten years ago,” Negusu said.

Family and friends traveled from Seattle, D.C., and New York to remember Hizkias .

During the candlelight vigil, church members said prayers, sang songs, and walked a wreath to a light pole, the spot where Hizkias died.

“My dad was always a bright person no matter what. He had to wake up so early, like at 3 a.m., to go to the airport. He was cab driver, but no matter what, he never complained. He always had a smile on his face and always tried to make us laugh,” Liya said.

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