BEYOND BERGEN: “I grew up in this city and it’s just too much,” Jersey City Fire Chief Darren Rivers told reporters after his 35-year-old son was shot dead during an overnight robbery as he walked to his mother’s house.
“The senseless killing has got to stop,” said the elder Rivers, the city’s first African-American fire chief.
His son’s assailant shot Darcell Rivers from behind on Fulton Avenue near Van Cleef Street around 3:45 a.m. and took his money and cellphone, authorities said.
He was pronounced dead a half-hour later at Jersey City Medical Center.
Darcell Rivers, a professional chef and father of four who lived in Providence, RI, was in town to visit his mother and his children — ages 2, 3, 4 and 13, according to the Jersey Journal newspaper.
His father, a 33-year firefighting veteran, told NBC4 New York that he told his girlfriend “I think I am being robbed” over the phone just before he was killed.
Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit: (201) 915-1345 .
PHOTOS: Darren Rivers, Darcell Rivers (inset)
Courtesy NBC4 NEW YORK
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