Eunice Dwumfour (Media photo)

A candlelight vigil was held on Wednesday night in Sayreville for a Middlesex County councilwoman who was murdered in front of her home in the town, as her killer or killers remain on the loose in what some are calling a brutal and targeted attack.

Dozens of friends and relatives attended a memorial service for Eunice Dwumfour at the Epic Church International in Sayreville, just one week after the councilwoman was found shot to death in her vehicle in the parking lot of her townhouse in the upscale Parlin section of the borough at Epic Church International in Sayreville. The mayor, Vicki Kilpatrick, attended.

According to reports, Dwumfour, 30, was discovered slumped over in her SUV at about 7:30 in the parking lot outside her home at Camelot at La Mer Luxury Rentals. The Newark native and mother of a 10-year-old daughter was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple gunshots after officers responded to a 911 call about numerous gunshots in the area.

Police have remained mostly tight-lipped about the ongoing investigation into the Republican councilwoman’s horrific murder. However, law enforcement officials and several media outlets confirm that the shooting appears to be targeted, and Dwumfour was the intended victim. Surveillance video in the area at the time of the shooting is being reviewed. For example, one grainy video released to the public shows what appears to be a man running through the apartment complex, near the crime scene and around the same time as the shooting. However, no one has been arrested or charged in the high-profile murder, with reports that other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are closely following developments in the case.

Dwumfour won her seat on the Sayreville Council in 2021. She served on several committees and worked with the Sayreville Human Relations Commission. She was also an IT professional and has worked at several East Coast places since 2014. She was an active member of Champions Royal Assembly Church in Newark and was recently married to a man from Nigeria.

At the vigil, she was described as a bright, intelligent woman who was active in her church and community. A fellow council member and neighbor, Christian Onuoha, said Dwumfour was a devoutly religious woman and was affectionately known as “Pastor Eunice.” “A lot of things in her life weren’t the traditional path,” he said. “Even in politics she defied demographics that weren’t traditional, whether it was racial or gender.”

Authorities ask anyone with information to contact the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444 or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3477.

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