New Jersey Republican councilwoman gunned down outside her home in ‘despicable criminal act’

Eunice Dwumfour, 30, who was a councilwoman in Sayreville, New Jersey, was shockingly shot multiple times and killed in her car outside her home on Wednesday evening in what Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick called a “despicable criminal act.”

(Video Credit: Eyewitness News ABC7NY)

At 7:22 pm Wednesday evening, a 911 call came in reporting shots fired, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. New Jersey Globe reporter David Wildstein identified Dwumfour as the victim of the shooting. She crashed her vehicle after being shot.

Kilpatrick called Dwumfour a “dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serving all of our residents,” according to Fox News.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area is asked to call Detective Rebecca Morales of the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444 or Detective Michelle Coppola of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3477,” the prosecutor’s office stated.

Fox News is reporting that the murder was also reported on the Facebook account of Detective Juan Rodriguez and Pastor Doctor Nelia Rodriguez.

“We are so heartbroken to announce that our friend, Councilwoman from Sayreville, part of our HRC (Human Relation Commission), our personal friend, a woman of God Eunice Dwumfour was [murdered] tonight in Sayreville,” the couple sadly noted.

“She was an amazing friend, a woman who loved God. We were just at our HRC meeting January 5th 2023 and I just saw her this morning at the store. I remember saying to her I see you at the HRC meeting tomorrow, not knowing tonight was going to be the end of her life. I can’t stop crying. She was 30 years young and full of life,” they added.

Eyewitness News ABC7NY is reporting that the police believe she was the target of the shooting but a motive is not known at this time. No suspects are in custody yet either.

“Beyond her dedication to our community, I can share that she was a woman of deep faith and worked hard to integrate her strong Christian beliefs in to her daily life as a person and a community leader,” Kilpatrick noted. “On a personal note, I can’t adequately express my feeling of sorrow at the loss of a friend.”

“We are confident that our police department working collaboratively with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office will bring this fast-moving investigation to a quick and successful conclusion and look forward to the identification, arrest, and successful prosecution of the person responsible,” she said, according to My Central Jersey.

Community organizer Charles Kratovil also reported the death, calling it a huge loss for the community.

“A huge loss for the Sayreville community as Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot and killed at approximately 7:20pm causing a crash near Samuel Circle & Check Avenue,” he tweeted. “I personally knew her to be a very kind person and public servant. May she rest in peace.”

Gov. Phil Murphy released a statement on the murder as well.

“I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence. 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,” he said in a statement. “I send my condolences to Councilwoman Dwumfour’s family and friends, her governing body colleagues, and the entire Sayreville community. Sayreville is a proud, tight-knit, and safe community and I know that it will come together, as it always has, in common purpose. The New Jersey State Police are supporting the ongoing investigation, and I urge anyone with information to contact either the Sayreville Police or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.”

Dwumfour was an IT Business consultant and a scrum master, according to LinkedIn.

She was elected to the Borough Council in 2021. Her term was set to run from January 2022 through December 2024.

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