PATERSON, NJ - A 45-year-old Paterson man was shot and killed in the area of Governor Street and Carroll Street Monday evening.

According to  Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, police officers responded to the area at approximately 9:14 p.m. on a call of shots fired. Upon their arrival, the officers discovered the victim, Robert Covington, lying near the sidewalk with apparent gunshot wounds. 

Covington was transported to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:49 p.m.

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Remembering the victim in a Facebook post on Tuesday was TAPinto Paterson columnist Paula Alford, who said that she would often run into Covington at JonJax Restaurant where he always wanted to talk about civic happening. Recalling that he would often tell her to enjoy life more and stop being so serious, Alford added that ”in a world full of phonies and fakes Rob valued himself on being authentic, and I’ll always remember him that way.”

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.

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