Paterson man charged with murder for Berkshire Avenue killing | Paterson Times

Paterson man charged with murder for Berkshire Avenue killing


A man has been arrested in connection with a homicide that occurred earlier this year on Berkshire and Chamberlain avenues, authorities said.

Rogelio Gonzalez, 30, of Paterson, faces multiple charges including first-degree murder and attempted murder, as well as second-degree charges for possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.

The incident dates back to the evening of Jan. 23, when Paterson Police Department units responded to reports of gunfire at approximately 8:50 p.m. in the area of Berkshire and Chamberlain avenues. During their search, officers were informed that a gunshot victim had arrived at Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center via private vehicle.

The victim, identified as Marvin Lavezarri, 26, also from Paterson, had sustained a gunshot wound to his buttocks. Despite initial treatment, Lavezarri succumbed to his injuries two days later on Jan. 25.

Throughout the investigation, detectives learned Lavezarri had been in the company of two others when a vehicle approached and opened fire. The other two individuals escaped unharmed. Further investigation led to the identification of Gonzalez as the suspected shooter.

If convicted, Gonzalez faces a minimum sentence of 30 years, with the possibility of life imprisonment.