Taxi Driver and Passenger Beat Man to Death During Parking Lot Squabble, Avondale Cops Say

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AAA Taxi driver Gary Gene Mayo, 45, is in jail on suspicion of beating to death a man in a parking-lot-rage incident.

In an apparent parking-lot-rage incident, a taxi driver and his passenger are accused by police of beating a man to death as the victim's horrified wife watched.

The act of impulsive violence erupted about 5:15 p.m. on Saturday at 1459 North Dysart Road, as the AAA Taxi pulled out of a parking space, court records state.

Passenger Shawn King, 47, had hired the cab to drive him from his Avondale home to pick up some medications in Buckeye. Along the way, King asked driver Gary Mayo -- who had picked King up several times in the past -- to stop off at a smokeshop for some tobacco.

The taxi reportedly nearly hit a Kia SUV as it pulled out, and the 45-year-old Mayo began swearing at the Kia's driver.

James Fournier, 57, out on a shopping trip with his wife and their grandchild, whose age wasn't given in court records, stopped and got out of his vehicle.
 

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Witnesses say Shawn King, 47, helped Mayo hit James Fournier before the victim collapsed to the ground. Fournier later died of his injuries.

Linda Fournier, 51, told police her husband intended to tell the cab driver that "it was not polite to say those types of things to his wife."

When James stepped out of his SUV, the cab's driver-side door flew open and Mayo jumped out with an "evil look in his eye," Linda Fournier told police. The heavyset cab driver began pummeling her husband. She locked her door in the Kia out of fear for her own safety.

Witnesses told police that both Mayo and King threw punches at James Fournier. Court records state that Fournier collapsed to the ground, where Mayo allegedly kicked and "stomped" Fournier's head.

Then the pair hopped back in the cab and drove off.

Fournier was driven from the scene by paramedics, but was pronounced dead about an hour after the attack had begun.

Police called AAA Taxi service and tracked the location of Mayo's cab using GPS signals. He pulled over near 107th Avenue and Van Buren Street as cops closed in. They took Mayo into custody and a little while later, King strolled up to the scene. He'd been dropped off at his home by Mayo, but his sister had learned of the incident and told him where Mayo had been arrested.

Cops are recommending a first-degree murder charge for Mayo and a second-degree murder charge for King.


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Acab
Acab

It's the twinkie's man , the twinkie's damm it man , it's in the twinkie's man , they made insane the brain.... plus all that sun man...

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kevin
kevin

FREEUP....U ARE BAD LIER AND USEING A MAN DEATH TO MAKE UP STORIES....ONE....WE WERE BOTH ABDOPTED....SO ITS DOESNT RUN IN FAMILY...GENE MAYO IS OUR DAD.......NOT GRANDPA.....AND I NEVER HAD A FIGHT IN A BATHROOM IN MY LIFE......PLUS...GARY AND I WENT TO MURPHY...BUT NEVER HAD RECESS AT THE SAME TIME BECAUSE WE WERE A GRADE APART....I LIVED WITH THE MAYO S UNTIL 8TH GRADE THEN LEFT.....GARY WAS BULLIED AND ALWAYS LOST....HE MOSTLY FOUGHT MY FRIENDS WHO WOULD LICK HIS BUTT......FOR 7-8 YEARS HE WAS BEAT UP AND BULLIED...BUT DID HAVE A MOUTH THAT MADE YOU WANT TO FIGHT HIM...I STOOD UP AGAINST BULLIES IN 6TH GRADE ...GOT SICK OF IT.....ALL THE COWBOYS THOUGHT THEY HAD TO PROVE SOMETHING TO EACH OTHER..........LETS GO BEAT UP KEVIN....I DIDNT KILL ANYONE BUT YES....FROM 6TH GRADE ON I FOUGHT BACK INSTEAD OF LAYING ON THE GROUND UNTIL THEY WERE DONE....SO...TELL US YOUR REAL NAME FREE...ONLY STEVE MAY KICKED MY BUTT AFTER 5TH GRADE SO ID LOVE TO HEAR SOME MORE OF YOUR STORIES...IT WAS BULLIES THAT MADE MY BROTHER LEARN TO FIGHT AND MADE HIM LIFT WEIGHTS SO HE WOULD NEVER GET BULLIED AGAIN....HE IS WRONG AND MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF HIS LIFE...SO I GUESS NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO JUMP ON HIM WHEN HE CANT DEFEND HIMSELF....WE KNOW WHAT HE DID WRONG AND HE AND THAT FAMILY AND MINE HAVE TO LIVE WITH THAT FOR LIFE.....HOW LONG UNTIL YOU FORGET YOUR LIES....3RD GRADE MISS CATFIELD....4TH ..MRS. NASH....6TH MR. CRUM...77TH MR. HARRIS.....8TH MR. JOHNSON...SO TELL ME....DID U EVEN GO TO IRA A MURPHY....LOL.....DANNY LOPEZ...STEVE MAY.....SAL SOTA WAS OUR QUARTERBACK....ALBERT ...MARIO...MIKE LOPEZ...TOM SADLER...TOM SPENCER...TOMMY CLYDE....BUBBA HECK.....WHO DID U KNOW.... 

Phoenixmik
Phoenixmik

I've known Gary since we all were high school age.  He had problems, big ones.  The last couple of years I thought he was actually turning his life around.  Shocked is an understatment I fely when I hr=eard about this.  I saw him about a month before he killed this innocent man.  I'm sorry to say, he deserves what he has coming to him.

Chad Nordland
Chad Nordland

Kevin,

I don't believe that runs in a family either.  We all have free agency to choose what we want out of life.  

daddy's girl
daddy's girl

so true chad.  sounds like something our dad would say huh

Lisa Culwell
Lisa Culwell

Wow!  Mr. Mayo looks just like Jabba the hut.....

kevin
kevin

really lisa...u are sick women...girl hun.....u want to post comments about gary being fatt....really...what do u look like...we know u are dumb...but what do u look like....u not much better mthan a dog yourself....a man was killed by my brother and all u can say is mr. mayo looks like..........a man lost his life....how about prays for a great man who died for nothing....to ask someone not to cuss at his wife...he was a good man from the sounds of it and gary is wrong...u want to say something then use your brain...i dont care why gary did it...no excuss...a man died for nothing...and my heart goes out to his family...not my little brother...i dont care about his fatt...i care he kill a man for nothing..i care his family has loss a great person ....and no one can make that better......

Lisa Culwell
Lisa Culwell

Wow.... Mr. Mayo looks just like Jabba the hut

Lisaleeese
Lisaleeese

wow mr. mayo looks alot like jaba the hut

Getswoled
Getswoled

Two men jump out of their cars...The two men have agreed to fight, and its fun dont get me wrong, happens every day, but the winner this time didnt know the loser had a glass jaw. Millions of people pay to watch this entertainment and men love the sport. I'd bet money they both had fun, but old mad had heart attack.

Chad Nordland
Chad Nordland

Contractor I see your comment that two men agreed to fight; were you there?  Did you see the agreement anywhere?  It's typical of people that have a lot of anger built up inside to think and assume this.  I take it you get angry easy?  Is this what the angry do is sit in a dark room and make assumptions.  I don't know of millions of people who would ever want to watch another man kill another.  From that I conclude you enjoy this type of behavior?  One more quick question where you picked on in school?

MNFAZ
MNFAZ

You are amazing (and not in a good way "contractor")! I don't know if I have ever met anyone with a true stone cold heart. I am a good friend of the victims daughter. You obviously have no idea what really happened. So I would suggest you keep your mouth shut on here. This family's lives have already been tremendously torn apart.enough don't you think?! Jim and his family did not deserve this. And maybe someday you'll find yourself exactly where Mayo is, since apparently you think it's fun to beat on people who are obviously not gonna win. And you will see that the sick men in there actually do enjoy beating their victims...... after they rape them!  This was not a sport.... it was a senseless murder! I have seen Jim's family shed enough tears, and continue to do so! His wife, children and grandchildren lost a wonderful and huge part of their lives. They don't need someone like you to add to their pain. GROW UP and learn some respect! RIP Papa Jim, I'm so sorry that people can be so heartless...

daddy's girl
daddy's girl

Shows exactly how little you know! Fat Mary Gayo was going for the driver who was Jims wife. What would you do? Just sit there, and do nothing, or defend your wife.

Freeup41
Freeup41

I went to school with Gary and Kevin Mayo at Ira A. Murphy grade scool in Peoria, back then they were always in trouble at school bullying other kids beating them in the bathrooms, terrorizing students. I had the pleasure of standing up to both these pieces of crap by catching them in the act so I would give them a dose of their own medicine! Anyways, I do feel for the family of the man beaten, but for Gary it is just most likely a continuance of up bringing and beatings from their Grandfather and Father, you should recall the Grandfather " Gene Mayo" from Peoria, az. turning himself into police not to long ago for child molestation character flaws run in the f 

Phoenixmik
Phoenixmik

Gene Mayo is Gary's dad not grandfather

silverwingreborn
silverwingreborn

@Phoenixmik that would make since since my dads name is Gary Gene Mayo.....

Signed Gary mayo jr

Azcrum
Azcrum

Freeup41, I am sick and tired of hearing about how crappy someones childhood was and that is why they do what they do.  I had a pretty horrific upbringing but I haven't beat anyone up or killed anyone.  It's unfortunate what happens when we are children but when we grow up it is our responsibility to fix anything that effects our lives in a bad way.

kevin
kevin

ask steve may who was the bully....and ira a murphy...i had a false tooth...all the boys would hit me to watch it fall out...i was bullied and so was gary....he got mad...i got over it.....and u did not know me at all...i would stick up for my friends against the bullies....steve may...and get my buttt kicked alot.....so please dont lie to make a blog....what my little brother did is sick   and wrong ...end of story...so dont add lies to it please......a man lost his life for nothing ....thats the story....not how fatt gary grew up to be....a man died....and his family is going through hell and will for a long time.....i dont live there and never will...i have my own life...im sad for gary....but sader for the family who lost a great man for no reason.....u all treat this like a chat to pass time....thats sick too....now write comments about how sad u bored people are.....

Cornholio
Cornholio

Maybe these two creeps were auditioning for a gig with the Fullerton, Ca. PD.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Never leave the vehicle to tell them "it was not polite to say those types of things to his wife."If that's what his intention was then he lived in another reality than this one.    Senseless murder spurred on by society advocating violence as a way of life.  

bigriggs
bigriggs

Do the same thing to these two gigantic losers.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

When I saw the headline I speculated to myself that it was probably a couple of meth heads who were responsible. Clearly that is not the case.

They should both be charged with first-degree murder.

Mistalee
Mistalee

If found guilty, they should both be made to spend the rest of their lives waiting hand and foot on the victim's widow. 

Marcy
Marcy

The victim didn't deserve to be assaulted and the victim didn't deserve to die but the victim was an idiot.  Getting involved in an argument involving a near miss in a parking lot is idiotic.  Drive on.  If there actually was an accident, call the police and don't get in an argument with the other driver.  There are too many loons driving around in Arizona and it's best to not get them riled up.

As for Mayo, it's a shame we'll have to pay to keep his ugly carcass behind bars for the next 10+ years but I guess that's the price we have to pay to keep nutjobs away from the rest of us.  

mnfaz
mnfaz

I hope that you have a man who is willing to put his life on the line to support you! His actions were not idiotic by any means.... If anything his actions showed what an enormous amount of love this man had for his wife and family! He did not deserve this and Mayo deserves to live the rest of his life behind bars... or worse! 

Chad Nordland
Chad Nordland

I am the Son of the victim.  Marcy he was no idiot.  The cab driver blocked them from moving he was merely telling him that he didn't want them to hit there car.  I find your comment idiotic.

kevin
kevin

as for chad....your dad did nothi9ng wrong at all....i cant begin to be sorry enough....i dont have the words....i left a bad home and he stayed...sorry for your lose and sorry for all the dumb bored people with nothing better to do with their lifes......your dad did what any man would for his wife....and my brother needs to pay more than i can say....your dad sounds like he was a great man....im not sure my brother ever has been a great man.....i know he will never be a great man now...and thats for life...so im truely sorry and i hope someday your family can move on....

Azcrum
Azcrum

First of all, I am heartbroken that you (Daddy's Girl) my oldest niece had to find this blog.  What Mr. Contractor wrote was pathetic and Karma will get him in the end.  We all know how wonderful you dad was and that's all that counts.....And yes, one of the greatest things about being an adult is changing the way we grew up and making it better for our own children.  You and I know this first hand don't we?  I love you and be strong :)  Aunt Pam

Azcrum
Azcrum

Kevin, he was a great man.  I am his daughters ( daddys girl) aunt so I have known Jim for 35 years.  Thank you for your words and I can only hope that Gary finds himself in prison till he dies.  

daddy's girl
daddy's girl

I agree with you on the "dumb people who have nothing better to do"  I could never go on a victims blog and write some of the things on here.  its sick!!!!!!    I am Jim's biological daughter. although he did father and take on my step brother and step sister as if they were his own. I'm so sorry that my dad's death was because of your brother.  I can only imagine what u and your family are/might experiencing. Or at least I couldn't imagine being a family member of the person at fault. I don't hate your brother and I can eventually forgive him for this, will take a long while, but all that matters to me and my family and all my dad's thousands, no millions of friends he has accumulated over his 57 years on earth, is that Gary Mayo spend the rest of his years on earth behind bars away from others who might make lose his temper and control.  That would be justice enough for me. others might think thats not enough or i'm crazy too nice, but I thats pretty much how my dad would of thought as well.  He has taught me to Forgive and forget. accept what we can't change and go on with our lives.   I miss my dad sooooooooooooo much it is so hard to go on with life everyday. mostly i'm angry because of the fact that he was the best grandfather to his grandchildren. He loved every single one of them dearly and the youngest of them are only 3 years old. Kind of hard for them to grow up remembering one the greatest men the lord put on this earth.  They were Robbed.  as for u Kevin I'm happy u are the person u are, because no matter what kind of childhood we had, the good, bad, evil, ugly.   One of the greatest things being an adult is that we have the power to change the way we grew up in our adult hood. No one should ever use the way they were raised or brought up as an excuse of their actions as an adult.   thx 

kevin " mayo"
kevin " mayo"

well now u can lie...im kevin....not mayo anymore....we were abdopted...so it does not run in the family....what my little brother did was wrong....end of story..i wont defend it at all....but no one grew up with me at ira a murphy and can say that stuff....my brother was beat up all his time he went there...he was small....yes....small back then....and was bullied all the time....i left that family...the mayos after 8th grade....and never went back....i was never a bully in school.....and neither was my brother.....we were bullied.....no excuse...as i dont beat people up are kill them....so say what u want...but why lie.....he did it....yes he is fatt now....so what do u look like....

Spunkyaz
Spunkyaz

Find out the truth before you comment!!!  These were 2 of my best friends,,,,,people don't assume....

Afriend
Afriend

It is people like you who comment on stuff you have no Idea you only hear what the media says which is reported all incorrectly these were my friends and this man was protecting his wife and grandson and did'nt even throw a punch and is not an idiot.....

Marcy
Marcy

The driver looks like David Hendershott's left buttock,

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

When have you seen his left buttock, Marcy? I would ask you to provide a picture, but I'm sure your camera doesn't have a wide enough lens. :-)

Anon
Anon

Sarah, You warned the officials. "Sky Harbor Cab Drivers' Dire Predictions About Airport Taxi Service Are Already Coming True - Page 1 - News - Phoenix - Phoenix New Times

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com...

Marcy
Marcy

The article Sarah wrote was about Sky Harbor and a contract involving the City of Phoenix.  What did Sarah warn about that involves this case which doesn't involve either Sky Harbor or the City of Phoenix?

Anon
Anon

What a horrific tragedy. So who qualifies cab drivers? The state, county or is this a "private" company?  This says a lot about Arizona's cab driver standards and who drives the area cabs.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

To be frank, based on my own experiences, most cab driver's are quite respectful and courteous. I myself take the cabs from time to time, notobly the AAA/Yellow Cab. Never had any incidents. This is just an extremely rare case of road rage involving a cab driver with severe anger issues.

Azcrum
Azcrum

Every cab driver I've ever had in AZ has been OK.....But, this one just slipped thru the cracks as he had previous assault charges.  He should have never been working with the public.  I hope he gets life.

Marcy
Marcy

It says nothing about Arizona cab driver standards.  Just like one drunk airline pilot says nothing about airline pilots and one member of the PTA who embezzles PTA funds says nothing about PTA standards.

Do you hear about a lot of cab drivers killing their passengers in Arizona?  I haven't. 

Anon
Anon

AAA Cab & Limousinemaps.google.com4525 East University DrivePhoenix, AZ 85034-7405(602) 252-5252Bus: University Dr & 47th St

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

So what was Mr. King trying to prove? His loyalty to a cab driver he barely knew? If so, his foolishness just costed that idiot's his Freedom, big time.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Ryan, I will bet he showed up to bear witness that it was an act of self defense. Which really makes sense... two guys twenty years younger and likely much bigger, put the beat down on a fifty-seven year old guy... sounds like a decent case of self-defense to me, eh?

contractor
contractor

Im surprised Mr Fournier got out of the truck. That wasnt like him on the construction sites that he was supposed to inspect.He usually roll down the window and tell awful stories about killing his neighbors dogs or druggie daughter living in her car, restraining order because of death threats from son in law then drive off without even looking at a set of plans for his inspections.We'd do anything we wanted out there as long as we enjoyed his tuff guy story telling bull

Azcrum
Azcrum

I am a sister in law of Mr. Fourniers and can't believe what you just wrote about him.  I've known Jim for 35 plus years and his daughter is my oldest niece.  How well did you know Jim?  Not very well apparently.  He never killed a dog and his daughter has never been a druggie or lived in her car.  Jim was defending his wife who was being shouted at by some fat slob cab driver.  You probably wouldn't stick up for your mother if that happened to you.   Funny, at his funeral it was standing room only because of the family and friends who loved him wanted to say good bye to him.  You Mr. Contractor are (IMO) as bad as the pig who killed him.  I hope a building falls on you for what you said about him.  Go and think about what you said on here and just how much it has hurt his daughter and the rest of his family by slandering him.  Are you even capable of feeling any kind of compassion or empathy for those who have lost a father, husband, uncle, grandfather or friend who was beaten to death in front of his wife and grandson?  No, your not.

daddy's girl
daddy's girl

exactly none of his lines add up at all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  and if he didn't do his job correctly then why was he employed for damn near 20 years? 

daddy's girl
daddy's girl

I don't understand why you would say those things about Mr. Fournier's family on a blog. Even if Fournier at some point did say those things, not reason to post them knowing the family could be reading these. It wasn't necessary.  And surely was false.

Chad Nordland
Chad Nordland

I am James Fournier's son, It's funny how contractor can't put his real name out there.  this is a fake story since none of his lines add up at all.  

Shannon03137
Shannon03137

You should be ashamed of yourself, you sound like you are happy this happened to Jim. Just because a person talks some bull as you say doesn't deserve to be killed. Shame on you!

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

That's another way of putting it. It's also wishful thinking from KIng's end. Unless they will add meth use into the blather. Or:

"The cab driver made me do it, he's a bigger guy than me, plus he's my only ride back home. I had no choice."

But in any case, I'd say this is a slam dunk Justice for the victim's family. Add to the thought of being a swift one in court.

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