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Family reveals new details after Van Buren Township woman mysteriously murdered in her home

Egypt Covington found dead inside her home

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The family of a 27-year-old Van Buren Township woman who was found murdered in her home spoke to Local 4 about new details in the case of her death.

Egypt Covington was found dead around 7:15 p.m. June 23 inside her home around in the 45000 block of Hull Road. Medical examiners said Covington was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said the murder doesn't appear to have been random. They believe she might have been killed by somebody she knew.

Nobody has been taken into custody as Saturday's memorial for Covington approaches.

Amid their heartbreak, Covington's mother and siblings are coming forward with new details in the case.

Covington's boyfriend was the person who found her shot to death inside her home.

"He walked into the house and found her and ran out and called police," family member Tina Covington said.

When Tina Covington got the call, she couldn't believe what had happened.

"It was, like, 'What do you mean, 'She was murdered?'" Tina Covington said.

Police said there was no struggle, so they believe Egypt Covington knew the person who did this to her very well.

"She was 5 (feet) 10 (inches), and she worked out every day," Tina Covington said. "She could bench 200 pounds, so she can fight, and that's what we don't get."

Now the family is waiting for the killer to be found.

You can watch Koco McAboy's full story with the family in the video posted above.

Victim's father heartbroken

Covington's father and stepmother said they are heartbroken by her death, and the tightknit community of which she was a part 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. ... She was goodness and godliness everywhere she went," Chuck Covington said. "She shouldn't be taken from us."

"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 was a gifted singer whose talents went beyond singing.

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


About the Authors:

Koco joined the Local 4 News team in September of 2016. She was born and raised in Metro Detroit, attended Central Michigan University, and previously worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.