On Wednesday evening, a 30-year-old New Jersey councilwoman, Eunice Dwumfour (R) was found dead inside a vehicle parked outside her apartment. She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Around 7:22 pm, a 911 call reported shots fired, and Dwumfour was later found dead in her SUV after it crashed near her apartment complex.
While some locals reported seeing the gunman race off toward the Garden State Parkway, there are no other identifying details on the assailant.
Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick described the Sayreville Councilwoman as a “dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serve all of our residents.”
“Beyond her dedication to our community, I can share that she was a woman of deep faith that worked hard to integrate her strong Christian beliefs in to her daily life as a person and a community leader,” Kilpatrick continued. “On a personal note, I can’t adequately express my feeling of sorrow at the loss of a friend.”
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A joint Facebook account belonging to Sayreville Detective Juan Rodriguez and Nelia Rodriguez, a member of the borough’s HR Commission, announced the tragic news and posted a tribute to Dwumfour, saying, “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.”
“She was an amazing friend, a woman who loved God,” they added. “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’ll 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.”
Community organizer Charles Kratovil also posted an announcement of Dwumfour’s untimely death, tweeting, “A huge loss for the Sayreville community as Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot and killed at approximately 7:20 pm causing a crash near Samuel Circle & Check Avenue. I personally knew her to be a very kind person and public servant. May she rest in peace.”
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
I personally knew her to be a very kind person and public servant. May she rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/asxtrg1TW3
— Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) February 2, 2023
Dwumfour received a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. She was elected to the Borough Council in 2021 and was set to remain in her position from January 2022 to December 2024. Aside from her political involvement, Dwumfour also preached for a Nigerian-based church group.
In a statement, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office reported that this is an “active and ongoing investigation,” and implored anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area to contact 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.