Man Killed At Anti-Violence Event
Published : Wednesday, 04 Aug 2010, 1:01 PM EDTPATERSON, N.J. - A man attending a block party as part of the National Night Out
anti-crime initiative was shot and killed in Paterson, N.J.
Police say 39-year-old Robert Godfrey was shot in the head while arguing with another man Tuesday.
It happened in front of a crowd just before midnight at 74 Godwin Ave.Paterson Police
on Wednesday were searching for Marlon Rochester. The 30-year-old has been charged with Godfrey's murder and weapons offenses.
Lt. Ron Humphrey says witnesses saw the two men arguing loudly when Rochester pulled a gun and shot Godfrey once in the head.
National Night Out is observed across the U.S. as an annual event meant to heighten drug and crime prevention awareness. The August 3rd event was the 27th annual night out against crime.
24 neighborhood block parties were scheduled in Paterson as part of the event.
"The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals.... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington