Newark, NJ – An outpouring of love is being expressed for a man mostly known as “Uggie” to residents in Newark, New Jersey. According to RLS Media, 44-year-old Eric “Uggie” Bowen was shot and killed in Newark on or near Bergen Street and 14th Avenue. The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, November 7. The publication states that the man who was rushed to University Hospital was indeed Uggie, with Uggie dying shortly afterward from the shooting.
According to the below trend graph from Trendolizer, the article about Uggie has swelled to more than 10,000 social media reactions within a period of about six hours, proving just how popular Uggie was to Newark residents.
RLS Media stated that they received confirmation of Uggie’s death from Uggie’s family members. The publication also reported that their staff received hundreds of messages from Newark residents — as well as those residents specifically in Essex County — who were all trying to figure out if it was indeed Uggie who was the man who was killed.