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New Jersey GOP councilwoman shot dead in car outside home

Colleagues describe Dwumfour as a soft-spoken devout Christian who was always smiling.

Published: February 2, 2023 1:28pm

Updated: February 2, 2023 3:21pm

A borough councilwoman was shot to death in an SUV outside of her home in Sayreville, New Jersey, leaving behind a young child and a new husband, officials said Thursday.

Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, 30, was pronounced dead on the scene after being shot multiple times shortly after 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said

Officials are investigating the homicide and requesting for anyone with information or surveillance footage to come forward. 

"As the Public Safety Liason, [sic] Councilwoman Dwumfour was a valued partner of the police department and dedicated to serving the Sayreville community," the Sayreville Police Department said.

Dwumfour ousted a Democratic incumbent when she was elected in 2021, the Associated Press reported.

Colleagues describe Dwumfour as a soft-spoken, devout Christian who was always smiling. She had a school-age child and announced in the fall at a council meeting that she had gotten married, her campaign manager Karen Bailey Bebert told the wire service.

Safety data from NeighborhoodScout shows that Sayreville is safer than most American communities. The central New Jersey town has a population of just over 45,000 people, according to U.S. Census data.

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