Eunice K. Dwumfour, a Republican councilwoman serving in New Jersey, was killed outside of her home.
The New York Times reported that on Wednesday night the 30-year-old was fatally shot, citing officials.
The authorities explained there were reports of a shooting at 7:22 p.m. in Parlin, an “unincorporated area” of Sayreville, New Jersey, as the Times reported.
The newspaper cited a statement by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Officers with the Sayreville Police Department discovered Dwumfour in her car with multiple gunshot wounds.
They pronounced her dead at the scene.
The authorities reportedly did not say whether there is a suspect.
According to the report, the investigation is ongoing. No
BREAKING: New Jersey Republican Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was assassinated outside her home. This was the scene overnight in Sayreville where her white SUV crashed after gunshots rang out. Police say it appears she was targeted and are still searching for several suspects. pic.twitter.com/O01Scjcmpm— Joshua Rodriguez (@Joshuajered) February 2, 2023
Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey issued a statement reacting to the incident.
“I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence. Her career of public service was just the 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,” Murphy said.
He continued, “I send my condolences to Councilwoman Dwumfour’s family and friends, her governing body colleagues, and the entire Sayreville community.”
Read his statement below:
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.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) February 2, 2023
I urge anyone with information to contact Sayreville local law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/mHulQuOrVZ
Concluding his statement, Murphy said Sayreville is a “proud, tight-knit, and safe community and I know that it will come together, as it always has, in common purpose.”
He also urged anyone with information to “contact the Sayreville Police or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.”
Breaking News: A 30-year-old New Jersey councilwoman, Eunice Dwumfour, was found dead in her car with multiple gunshot wounds, officials said. https://t.co/0lBqkfsbP6— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 2, 2023
Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick also issued a statement, describing Dwumfour as a “dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serve all of our residents.”
She called the murder a “despicable criminal act.”
The Times noted Dwumfour was elected to the Sayreville Borough Council in 2021.
She was in the process of serving a three-year term.
In a statement on the Sayreville Republican Party’s website, Dwumfour said at the time she was “fully dedicated to building a better, stronger Sayreville, and with your support, we can create a brighter future for our wonderful town.”