It is with great sadness that we report the tragic shooting death of Eunice Dwumfour, a Sayreville, New Jersey councilwoman.
Eunice was pronounced dead at the scene after she was shot multiple times Wednesday night while inside her white SUV. Police have yet to disclose a motive for the shooting or identify any suspects or make any arrests. However, law enforcement has hinted that they believe the attack may have been targeted.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy described the incident as both “shocking” and “senseless.” Eunice was the first sitting elected official in recent memory to be shot and killed in office in the state. She was elected to the council in 2021, and worked as both a business analyst and a part-time emergency medical technician.
“I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence,” Murphy said. “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.”
The community of Sayreville, as well as the entire state of New Jersey, is mourning the loss of Eunice. Mahesh Chitnis, who serves on Sayreville’s Human Relations Commission, posted on Facebook that Dwumfour was “killed 300 feet from my home … she was shot while returning back home. She was a woman full of life.”
New Jersey Republican State Committee Chair Bob Hugin also paid his respects to Eunice, saying her murder was “senseless violence.”
“We will remember Eunice for her steadfast dedication to the community, as well as her deep and abiding Christian faith,” Hugin said. “We have the utmost confidence that law enforcement will bring the perpetrators of this heartbreaking tragedy to justice. God Bless Councilwoman Dwumfour and her family.”