Officials to host memorial service for slain Sayreville councilwoman


A memorial will be held Wednesday for Eunice Dwumfour, a Sayreville councilwoman, one week after she was found shot and killed outside her home.

Dwumfour, 30, was found at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday evening with multiple gunshot wounds in an SUV near her home in the Parlin section of town, officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick (D) and the borough’s council members “invite all to attend” the memorial Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Epic Church International, located at 2707 Main St. Extension in Sayreville, according to a flyer posted on the borough’s website.

The Sayreville Police Department also posted the flyer to its Facebook Page Monday morning, as well.

Kilpatrick will speak at the memorial, along with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D) and a representative of Dwumfour’s family, the church said in a statement.

Dwumfour, a Republican, started her three-year term on the borough council last year. She also served on Sayreville’s human relations commission.

She had a young daughter and recently announced she had gotten married, neighbors and local officials said. Dwumfour was also active in her church, Champions Royal Assembly, in Newark.

Dwumfour won her seat on the borough council — her first elected position — by beating an incumbent Democrat in 2021.

Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement last week that he was “stunned” by the news of Dwumfour’s death.

“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,” he said.

Murphy said that flags will fly at half-staff on Wednesday “to honor her on the day of her memorial,” he tweeted on Monday.

The case remains a mystery to the public: no arrests have been made and the prosecutor’s office said again on Tuesday there are no updates to the investigation, which is still ongoing.

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Police walk near the home of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice K. Dwumfour who was found shot to death Wednesday night near her home in Sayreville, N.J., February 2, 2023 Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for

There will be no press conference pertaining to the case, said Brynn Krause, a spokesperson for the county prosecutor’s office.

The FBI is “aware of the investigation” into Dwumfour’s death, spokesperson Amy Thoreson said in a statement Saturday.

“We are in contact with our local law enforcement partners at the Sayreville Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office,” Thoreson said. “Should they ask us for any assistance, we will do all we can to help their investigation.”

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