“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.”
US Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour fatally shot in car outside her New Jersey home
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.
This was the scene overnight in the Sayreville development known as La Mer, where a 30-year-old Councilwoman was murdered.— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) February 2, 2023
Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour's white SUV crashed after the gunshots rang out. It appears she was targeted though the killer's motive is still not clear. pic.twitter.com/CJyP190RiW
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.
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.”
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.
I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence. I send my condolences to her family and friends, and the entire Sayreville community.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) February 2, 2023
I urge anyone with information to contact Sayreville local law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/mHulQuOrVZ
Police did not immediately respond to a request from The Post for comment early Thursday.
“I hope voters know that I would truly be honored and privileged to serve our town and its residents,” she told Tap Into Raritan Bay, a local news site. “I am ready to work with us to improve and build a stronger Sayreville together.”
As news of her death spread early Thursday, colleagues and friends paid tribute to her on social media, with one saying he was “shocked, scared and heartbroken.” Community organizer Charlie Kratovil posted video to social media of Dwumfour’s SUV being towed away. Police said they think the vehicle crashed after Dwumfour was shot.
Juan and Nelia Rodriguez, members of Sayreville’s human relations commission, said they couldn’t stop crying over the loss of their friend, whom they had seen at the store Wednesday morning.
“She was 30 years young and full of life,” they wrote on Facebook. “You will be missed my dear, precious friend.”