A New Jersey councilwoman, Eunice Dwumfour, was shot and killed on Wednesday night.
The incident occurred in Sayreville, in Middlesex County, New Jersey.
According to authorities, gunshots were reported at 7:22 P.M. When the Sayreville police arrived, Dwumfour was found in her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The motive for the killing is still unknown; authorities have not said if it might have been personal, political, or a random act.
Dwumfour graduated from Newark public schools and earned a degree in women’s studies while working as an EMT.
Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick described Dwumfour as a dedicated council member committed to serving the residents.
She was a woman of deep faith and worked to integrate her Christian beliefs into her daily life.
The mayor expressed confidence that the police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office would quickly find the person responsible for the crime.
Dwumfour was remembered by her sister, Priscilla, as a happy person who was deeply involved in her Christian faith and church in Newark.
A member of Sayreville’s Human Relations Commission, Mahesh Chitnis, remembered her as a woman full of life and expressed sadness at her death.
Local GOP chairwoman Karen Bailey Bebert described Sayreville as a peaceful community and plans to organize a vigil to celebrate Dwumfour’s life.
The councilwoman was shot just 300 feet from Chitnis’s home and was returning home when the incident occurred.
Sayreville has a population of around 45,000 and is located 30 miles south of Manhattan.
The community is still in shock and searching for answers after the loss of Dwumfour.