The mother of a Winston-Salem man stabbed to death said Monday that she has forgiven her son’s attacker.

Marcus Teo Covington, 39, of the 400 block of Mason Street was stabbed Sunday morning at a home at 908 Ferrell Ave., off New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem police said. Covington later died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“I talked to my Lord, and I forgave him last night,” said Marcus’ mother, Fannie Covington Burns. “He (the killer) didn’t know how many people would be affected by his actions.”

Officers found Covington at the Ferrell Avenue home after they received a report of a stabbing there at 5:20 a.m., police said.

Investigators say they have leads in Covington’s death, but no arrests have been made, police Lt. Steven Tollie said. Several individuals were at the house when the stabbing occurred, Tollie said.

Covington went to the home on Ferrell Avenue to attend a party “with a large gathering of people,” Tollie said. Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy on Covington, which will be conducted today at Wake Forest Baptist.

Covington served 10½ years in prison after he pleaded guilty in March 1995 to second-degree murder and armed robbery in the death of Thomas Levern Rapley, according to records with the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Covington, who was 19 at the time, was one of three men convicted in Rapley’s death.

“Our hearts still mourn for Mr. Rapley,” said Keysa Covington Jordan, Marcus Covington’s sister. “Our prayers are with his family to this day. It was a difficult time for both families.”

Tollie said there is no indication that Covington’s murder conviction is related to his stabbing death.

Covington’s mother said that her son was a good person who loved his family and friends. He has a 20-year-old daughter who lives in Winston-Salem, Jordan said.

Covington was disabled as he suffered from asthma during his life, his relatives said. He followed the Baptist faith and attended church with friends. Covington attended Independence High School in the early 1990s, said Theo Helm, a spokesman for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

“Throughout his life, he was well liked and loved by everyone who knew him,” Burns said. “It’s a hard thing for a mother to bury her child.”

Burns said she last spoke to her son Saturday when he asked her to bring him a plate of food from a North Forsyth High School graduation cookout that she and her relatives later attended at Miller Park.

“He was my child,” Burns said as she cried. “Why did someone do him like that?” (336)727-7299

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