US Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour fatally shot in car outside her New Jersey home
Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was fatally shot outside her home in New Jersey on Wednesday night in an attack that police say was targeted.
A Republican city councilwoman, Eunice Dwumfour was fatally shot in her car outside her home in New Jersey on Wednesday night in what police believe was a planned attack.
Police in Sayreville, N.J., responded to a 911 call reporting gunshots fired outside an apartment complex, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive woman with multiple gunshot wounds in her Nissan SUV just outside her townhouse. Authorities said she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although the Sayreville Police Department has not publicly identified the victim, prosecutors confirmed to The Washington Post on Thursday that Eunice Dwumfour, a 30-year-old Republican member of the Sayreville borough council, was killed in the shooting. The Sayreville GOP chairwoman also confirmed on social media that Dwumfour was the person killed.
“My sincerest condolences to the family of Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour,” Karen Bailey Bebert wrote early Thursday on Facebook. “May God bring you peace and God rest her soul.”
Police believe Dwumfour was the intended target in the attack, but the motive remains unclear, WABC in New York reported. No arrests had been made as of early Thursday. Residents told RLS Media, a local news site, that they saw the person they believed to be the gunman running toward the Garden State Parkway, which is not far from the scene of the shooting.
Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick (D) said in a statement that the community was “shocked and saddened at the loss of Eunice Dwumfour,” describing her killing as “a despicable criminal act.”
“Eunice was a dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serve all of our residents,” Kilpatrick said. “The fact that she was taken from us by a despicable criminal act makes this incident all the more horrifying.”
The sentiments were echoed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who urged anyone with information on her death to contact law enforcement immediately.
“Her career of public service was just beginning, and by all accounts she had already built a reputation as a committed member of the Borough Council who took her responsibility with the utmost diligence and seriousness,” Murphy said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Police did not immediately respond to a request from The Post for comment early Thursday.
Dwumfour, who was a business analyst, IT professional and part-time EMT worker, had served on the borough council since 2022 after she scored an upset victory over her Democratic opponent. She also served on Sayreville’s human relations commission. She was a graduate of William Paterson University with a degree in women’s studies and also was the director of churches for an international ministry, Champions Royal Assembly, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Source: Washington Post