A young New Jersey councilwoman was found shot to death
Eunice Dwumfour, 30, was found around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. She had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene
A New Jersey county councilwoman was foundshot to death in a van in front of her home, authorities said. authorities.
Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, 30, was found around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney's office.She had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dwumfour, a Republican, was elected to her first three-year term in 2021, when she ousted a Democratic incumbent. Her colleagues remembered her as a soft-spoken devout Christian who could maintain her composure in contentious situations.
“It was a 30-year-old woman. Our hearts are broken and everyone wants an answer,” said Karen Bailey Bebert, the local GOP chairwoman who served as her campaign manager. “So we are waiting with bated breath.”
Authorities have not madeany arrests or said whether they believe the motive for the killing could be personal, political or a random act.
In a 2021 campaign interview, Dwumfour described herself as a proud Newark public school graduate who earned a degree in women's studies from William Patterson University while working part-time. as an EMT.
Police file photo in New Jersey (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)
He said he moved to Parlin, a section of Sayreville, after graduating “because of the tremendous public safety work that the community does” . That interest prompted her candidacy for the council, where she served as a liaison with the police department that is now helping investigate her death.
“She just wanted to make a better community for all of our children. ”said Bebert, who served as his campaign manager.
Dwumfour, whohad a school-age son, announced at a fall council meeting that he had recently married, Bebert said. She was active in her church in Newark, she said.
Dwumfour worked in information technology, according to her LinkedIn page, where she posted last month that she was looking for a new opportunity. Her resume also said that she worked for six years with a non-profit religious group.
Her next-door neighbor, Chyann Brown, said she was coming home Wednesday night just as police were on the scene. He had no idea that Dwumfour, whom he described as friendly and respectful, had been shot.
“When I came to park my car, there were shell casings everywhere s. … I (saw) that the car was still rolling down the street, ”she said of Dwumfour's vehicle.
Brown said they had talked for the past year, but he didn't know Dwumfour was involved in local politics.
“She's a very nice woman. She is always well dressed,” she said. “I can't believe she was involved in such a tragic incident,” Brown said.
Several high-ranking state leaders, including Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, issued statements expressing their grief over his death. John Wisniewski,a former Democratic State Assemblyman from Sayreville, had spoken to her at a few council meetings.
“Her comments were almost always about God, divine providence. She was a woman of faith,” Wisniewski said.
Bebert described Dwumfour as an outgoing person who “always had that beautiful smile on her face that you see in her photo.”
Sayreville, a borough of approximately45,000 residents, is about 30 miles south of Manhattan. At the scene on Thursday, another car in the parking lot was apparently damaged when Dwumfour's car struck it.
Bebert described Sayreville as a peaceful community and said Dwumfour lived in a compound attractive close to an elementary school. He hopes to hold a vigil to celebrate what he called“a life cut short by such a heinous criminal act.”
(With AP reporting)< /i>