Happy Birthday in Heaven Eric -Uggie- Bowen

Residents around Newark are taking the opportunity to remember the loss of one of the city’s most popular residents.

According to residents, Eric -Uggie- Bowens would have been 47-years old today and in his prime for sharing his love of dance and entertaining everyone who knew him. There weren't many that didn't know him residents said.

Essex County Prosecutor's office officials said that on this day in 2016, police discovered Bowens suffering from a gunshot wound in front of a residence in the 200 block of Bergen Street around 10:40 p.m.

Officers were initially called to the scene for reports of someone injured bur residents in the area said they did not hear shots fired nor there were no reports of shell casings ever being found.

Bowen was rushed to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 11:15 p.m., according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Authorities said Bowen's killer has never been found and the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Happy Birthday, Uggie!