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A Republican New Jersey Councilwoman was shot dead outside her apartment building Wednesday night, according to reports from officials.
Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour (R) was only 30 years old when she died.
Around 7:22 p.m., the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office reported a 911 call was placed after shots were heard in the neighborhood. When first responders arrived, Dwumfour was found dead in her car with multiple gunshot wounds.
Police have not determined if Dwumfour was the intended target of the attack.
Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick called the shooting a “despicable criminal act,” per a Fox News report.
“Beyond her dedication to our community, I can share that she was a woman of deep faith and worked hard to integrate her strong Christian beliefs in to her daily life as a person and a community leader,” Kilpatrick added. “On a personal note, I can’t adequately express my feeling of sorrow at the loss of a friend.”
Kilpatrick was not the only member of the community who expressed grief after losing Dwumfour.
Prominent community figures Detective Juan Rodriguez and Pastor Nelia Rodriguez spoke highly of Dwumfour in a post announcing her death on their joint Facebook account.
“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,” they wrote.
The couple continued, “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.”
Dwumfour was elected as a member of the Borough Council in 2021, and she would have served until December 2024, Fox reports.