Eunice K. Dwumfour, a 30-year-old Sayreville councilwoman, was shot and killed on Wednesday evening, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.
The shooting occurred outside her home, and Dwumfour was hit multiple times.
Law enforcement officials are looking at Dwumfour’s role as a pastor at Champion Royal Assemblies, a Nigerian-based church, law enforcement sources told the New Jersey Globe.
At about 7:22 PM, a 911 call reported shots fired in the area of Samuel Circle, where the Sayreville Police Department found Dwumfour in her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Sayreville police Chief Daniel Plumwacker.
Gov. Phil Murphy said that he was stunned by Dwumfour’s murder “in an act of gun violence.”
“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. I send my condolences to Councilwoman Dwumfour’s family and friends, her governing body colleagues, and the entire Sayreville community,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “Sayreville is a proud, tight-knit, and safe community and I know that it will come together, as it always has, in common purpose. The New Jersey State Police are supporting the ongoing investigation, and I urge anyone with information to contact either the Sayreville Police or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.”
The homicide investigation is active and ongoing. Ciccone and Plumwacker are asking 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.
A business analyst and part-time EMT, Dwumfour was elected to the council in 2021 as part of a Republican win of two seats. She was Scrum Professional for Fire Congress Fellowship.
Middlesex County Republican Chairman Rob Bengivenga said Dwumsfour “was a bright and shining young woman who deeply cared about her community as a public servant in Sayreville.”
“She had a bright future ahead of her, and this senseless act of violence took that away from her and her loved ones,” he stated.My thoughts and prayers are towards her family, friends, and the residents of Sayreville during this awful time.
Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe said in a statement that he was “shocked and saddened” by Dwumfour’s murder.
“I ask everyone to take a moment and remember the Councilwoman and keep her and her family in our prayers,” McCabe said. “This and other acts of violence has to end. And it must begin with each of us. We should take this moment to be mindful of our neighbors, work together to keep our families safe, and treat each other with civility.”
This story was updated at 9:46 AM with comment from Murphy, Bengivenga, and McCabe, and again at 10:10 AM.