A Republican councilwoman was gunned down outside her own home in New Jersey on Wednesday evening, according to police.
30-year-old Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was found dead in her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.
According to the Sayreville Police Department, the killing was a targeted attack.
Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick said she was a “dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serving all of our residents.”
The young mother beat the sitting Democrat in the Borough of Sayreville in November 2021 in a stunning upset win.
She was not up for reelection until 2024.
“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 732-745-3477,” the prosecutor’s office said.
Detective Juan Rodriguez and Pastor Doctor Nelia Rodriguez said in online postings:
“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.
“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.”
Sayreville, New Jersey councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot and killed Wednesday night outside her home. https://t.co/TCbWbk1afm
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) February 2, 2023
According to The New York Post:
The Republican councilwoman was found with multiple gunshot wounds, and pronounced dead at the scene, officials told the outlet.
Some locals told RLS Media that the gunman was spotted racing off to the Garden State Parkway, which edges the complex. No other details were given on possible identifying details or a weapon.
Dwumfour — who also preached for a Nigerian-based church group — appeared to be the intended target, authorities told the outlet, stressing that there was no obvious motive.
SHOCKING: New Jersey Republican Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour assassinated outside her home. pic.twitter.com/7yghXFBmM7
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) February 2, 2023
Eunice Dwumfour, Sayreville councilwoman killed outside her home, had just won 1st elected office https://t.co/8HOGfciFXe
— njdotcom (@njdotcom) February 2, 2023