Monday, July 10, 2006

Murder - Courier - No. 7: Robert Clayborne shot in Viola apartments

Published in the Courier News, Sunday, July 7, 2006

Plainfield man shot, killed in hallway

Staff Writer

PLAINFIELD -- City and county investigators are searching for suspects after a Plainfield man was shot dead Saturday in a first-floor hallway at Viola's Apartments, 165 Crescent Ave.

Robert Clayborne, 28, was located by police about 1:45 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the upper body, police said.

Clayborne was treated at the scene by Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center's Mercy 6 Medic Unit but was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

As of Saturday night, no arrests had been made and no weapon had been recovered, police said. No other details were immediately available Saturday, police Chief Edward Santiago said.

Clayborne's death was the seventh homicide in the city in 2006; there were a record 15 homicides in 2005.

Last week, a former North Plainfield man, 41-year-old Frank J. Puri, was beaten and found lying in the middle of Liberty Street. He died Tuesday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Police are also still searching for the person or people who killed Puri.

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