The FBI is now “involved” in the investigation into the murder of New Jersey Republican Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour as more details about her personal life and the moments leading up to her death come to light.
Dwumfour, 30, was gunned down Wednesday night in her white Nissan SUV while pulling up to her Sayreville, New Jersey, home. Now, the FBI has offered its help as a team of investigators from the Sayreville Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office search for more information about the slain councilwoman’s life in hopes of finding any clues that will bring them closer to catching her killer, ABC 7 reported.
“We are aware of the investigation into the death of Councilwoman Dwumfour, in Sayreville Wednesday evening. We have talked with our local law enforcement partners at the Sayreville Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Should they ask us for any assistance, we will do all we can to help their investigation,” a statement from the FBI read.
After she was shot multiple times, Dwumfour’s vehicle reportedly traveled around 100 feet before hitting two parked cars. Police later told The New York Post that the New Jersey politician was seen on video talking to the shooter moments before she was murdered.
Eyewitnesses say they saw the gunman run toward Garden State Parkway after firing multiple times into Dwumfour’s vehicle. Police later received a tip and searched for the murder weapon in the woods behind the complex where Dwumfour lived, but did not report any findings, according to ABC 7.
Dwumfour was elected to the Borough of Sayreville City Council in an upset victory over her Democratic opponent in 2021. She was also a business analyst and part-time EMT and heavily involved in a Nigerian church group, The New York Post reported. The Republican councilwoman was the oldest of five children born to a Ghanaian family. In December, Dwumfour celebrated getting married. She was also the mother of an 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
One controversial moment during her time as councilwoman came less than a year after she took office. Last September, Dwumfour joined a fellow Republican on the borough council in moving a resolution to investigate a former Democratic councilman for his alleged role in a strip club bribery scheme, the Post reported.
During her time on the borough council, Dwumfour was lauded as a gracious public servant who got along with everyone she met.
“[Eunice] was very well liked by anybody who spoke to her or had any dealings with her, so this was really a shocking event,” former Chair of the Sayreville GOP Arthur Rittenhouse told the Post, adding, “She had a very, very pleasant personality. And she was a woman of her faith, and she always expressed that to whomever she was speaking to.”