Slain Sayreville, NJ Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour

It’s been more than three weeks since Sayreville city councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot to death in front of her home in the upscale central New Jersey community. A blockbuster new report indicates Dwumfour had issues with the local police department–following a complaint filed against her by the local police benevolent association (PBA).

According to a report obtained through the Open Public Records Act–which allows media outlets and others to request certain public documents– the president of the Sayreville Police Benevolent Association (PBA) asked Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick to remove Dwumfour from the city council’s legislative arm that is a conduit between the city council and the police department. The PBA issued the request to the Mayor in early January.

In the filing, PBA president, David Sivilli, wrote, in part, “The PBA has great concern over comments Mrs. Dwumfour made at the last meeting over her and her families previous experience police in general. She also stated that she did not like police prior to her being police liaison. You as Mayor {should} be concerned over these comments. The PBA is sure that you will take our serious concerns and recommendations under consideration while making your decision.”

Less than a month after the PBA filed the complaint, Dwumfour was gunned down in a hail of bullets as she sat in her car in front of her home in early February. Her killer or killers remain at large, and her murder has garnered national attention, including an independent investigation by the FBI.

Dwumfour, 30, was one of a modest few African American Republicans in the heavily Democratic Sayreville and central New Jersey area. While authorities mostly remain tight-lipped about the status of the investigation, speculation is rife among many that Dwumfour was targeted and her murder premeditated. Eyewitness accounts and surveillance video show a man running away from the shooting scene shortly after the attack.

Dwumfour is a native of Newark and leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter. She won her seat on the Sayreville Council in 2021, 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 Champions Royal Assembly Church member in Newark and was recently married to a man from Nigeria.

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. This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.www.NJUrbanNews.com

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