On Wednesday evening, a tragic incident took place in New Jersey where a borough councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot and killed.
The authorities have confirmed the identity of the victim as Eunice Dwumfour, a member of the Sayreville Borough Council. This information was provided by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The shooting occurred at around 7:30 PM in the Samuel Circle area of Sayreville, as reported in a joint statement by the prosecutor’s office and police.
Upon receiving the information, the officers immediately reached the scene and discovered a woman who was shot multiple times and was still inside her vehicle.
Despite their best efforts, Dwumfour, who was 30 years old, could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick of Sayreville expressed her deep shock and sadness in a statement released on Thursday, over the loss of Eunice Dwumfour.
According to the Mayor, Eunice was a highly dedicated member of the Borough Council who devoted herself to serving the residents. The loss of such a committed individual, as a result of a heinous crime, has only added to the shock and horror of the situation.
Mayor Kilpatrick has expressed her confidence in the police department and the prosecutor’s office to bring the culprit to justice, with a quick and successful conclusion. She strongly believes that the person responsible for this tragic incident will be identified, arrested and successfully prosecuted.
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.
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— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) February 2, 2023
A neighbor of Eunice Dwumfour, Mahesh Chitnis, paid tribute to her on Facebook and shared that they both served on the Human Relations Commission in Sayreville.
According to his post, Dwumfour was shot while on her way back home, and the shooting occurred just 300 feet away from his own house.
Chitnis expressed his shock, fear and heartbreak over the loss of Dwumfour, who he describes as a woman full of life. He mentioned that whenever she was unable to attend a meeting of the Human Relations Commission, she used to ask him to put her on speaker phone so that she could participate. He was eagerly looking forward to meeting her the next day, in their monthly meeting, but now that will never happen. He concluded his post by saying that they will all miss her dearly.
As per the information on the council’s official website, Dwumfour, who was a member of the Republican party, was serving a term from 2022 to 2024. She had a professional background in information technology and had previously served as the Director of Churches for Champions Royal Assembly, as per her LinkedIn profile.
The Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, Bob Hugin, expressed his deep sadness over Dwumfour’s death and referred to it as a heinous act of violence.
In a statement, Hugin said that they would always remember Dwumfour for her unwavering commitment to the community and her strong Christian faith. He has full faith in the law enforcement authorities to bring the perpetrators of this tragedy to justice. He concluded by offering his condolences to Dwumfour’s family and wishing them peace and blessings from God.