Funeral held for Newark street performer Eric ‘Uggie’ Bowens after shooting death
Family and friends paid their final goodbyes to a popular Newark street performer who was gunned down in the city last week.
Thousands gathered at the New Hope Baptist Church Monday to attend funeral services for 44-year-old Eric "Uggie" Bowens. Some were even turned away due to the church being filled to capacity.
"Uggie" was described as a loving person who loved to entertain the community with his impressive dance moves. At his funeral, the crowd chanted his name and his casket was placed on a horse-drawn carriage. The carriage was escorted by police and local motorcycle clubs to its final resting place.
Prior to the service, residents and the motorcycle community walked around to help collect money to pay for his funeral expenses. Over $1,800 was raised.
Bowens was killed Nov. 7 on the 200 block of Bergen Street. Law enforcement officials say that the motive behind the shooting is unknown at this time. No suspects have been identified.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office and Crime Stoppers are offering a $10,000 reward for information about the crime.
Anyone who might have any information about the shooting is asked to call the prosecutor's tips line at 877-847-7432.