27-year-old Van Buren Township woman killed by gunshot to head, morgue confirms

Egypt Covington found dead inside her home

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 27-year-old woman who was murdered in Van Buren Township died from a gunshot wound to the head, the morgue has confirmed.

Egypt Covington was found dead in her home around 7:15 p.m. June 23 in the 45000 block of Hull Road. Police said the murder doesn't appear to have been random. They believe she might have been killed by somebody she knew.

Police aren't saying much about who might be responsible for the woman's death. Investigators said it's not the type of crime that will be solved overnight.

Meanwhile, the woman's family is heartbroken, and the tight-knit community she was a part of is in shock.

Covington's family said she knew how to light up a room with her voice and her personality.

"She spread light and love and caring," her father, Chuck Covington, said.

Chuck Covington and his wife, Kristin Covington, the victim's stepmother, said they couldn't believe what happened.

"Disbelief," Chuck Covington said. "Shock. Hysteria."

Egypt Covington was found dead in her home by a friend.

"She was goodness and godliness everywhere she went," Chuck Covington said. "She shouldn't be taken from us."

Police aren't saying how she was killed, but they believe the culprit was someone she knew, which makes it even harder on her family.

"She didn't look at the outside of a person," Kristin Covington said. "She didn't care how much money you had. She cared about what was inside."

The family hopes someone comes forward with information.

"It won't cure her being gone, but I know she would want the person caught, and that's as far as we can deal with at the moment," Chuck Covington said.

He said the person responsible took away a woman who was radiant and loved by many people.

"She's gone from people that haven't even met her yet," Chuck Covington said. "She's gone from them and she was just starting."

Egypt Covington's brother didn't want to be on camera, but he said his sister's talents went beyond singing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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