60-year-old shot and killed walking home from work in Covington

COVINGTON, Ky. – One person is dead after he was shot on the 15th Street Bridge in Covington Thursday night while walking home from work, police said.

According to investigators, officers responded to the bridge on W. 15th Street around 21 for two shots fired. When they arrived, officers found 60-year-old Virgil Stewart lying on the bridge. He was taken to UC Medical Center, where he died.

“It bothers me these days because the world is so out of control,” Annette Girton said. Girton is a Covington resident who walks her dog, China, over the 15th Street Bridge almost every day.

Officers at the scene were told by a witness that two men fled the bridge after the shooting. A witness also told officers they saw the two men rummage through Stewart’s pockets before fleeing.

“It’s a shame that they would go through that and probably get nothing, nothing worth a life,” Girton said.

Going forward, Girton said she talks to the Lord when she crosses the bridge.

“The devil is alive,” said Girton. “The prayer is over.”

So far, the police state that the motive for the shooting is unclear.

“Every time we have a case like this, it’s like putting a puzzle together,” said Lt. Col. Brian Valenti.

On Friday, the police were out canvassing the area, looking for video and talking to witnesses.

“This is the kind of senseless violence we don’t want in our society,” Valenti said. “A 60-year-old gentleman on his way home from work is basically attacked by two young people and now he’s dead.”

Police are hoping someone will come forward with details that lead to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Covington Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 859-292-2234.

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