TOTOWA, NJ - One man is dead following a stabbing at the QuickChek, 79 Union Boulevard in Totowa, early on May 20.

Damien Edwards, 33, of Totowa, was arrested in relation to the homicide, according to Camelia Valdes, Passaic County prosecutor, and Robert Coyle, Totowa Police chief.

Edwards has been charged with first degree murder; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, third degree; and unlawful possession of a weapon, fourth degree.

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An on duty Totowa Police officer was at the QuickChek and observed Edwards attack the victim, Justin Parker, 35, of Paterson, outside of the store, at about 3:30 a.m. The officer called in the assault in progress and attempted to take Edwards into custody. Edwards fled the scene but was apprehended a short distance away by assisting officers. Parker suffered apparent stab wounds to the torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 4 a.m.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about the incident to contact them at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Totowa Police Department at 973-790-3700.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.