Slain Sayreville, NJ Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour

On Wednesday afternoon, family members of slain New Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour pleaded for answers from the police and the public in the unsolved murder of the 30-year-old woman nearly two months ago.

“The fact is we haven’t had much interaction with them,” said Karl Badu of the Church Of Pentecost. Badu is the personal pastor of the Dwumfour family and spoke Wednesday afternoon at a press conference at Sayreville Borough Hall. In a tearful and brief plea to the public, Mary Dwumfour said, ” I want justice for my daughter.”

According to various reports, it took at least one month before detectives from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office met with members of Dwumfour’s family. That meeting occurred only after pressure from former New Jersey assemblyman John Wisniewski.

Dwumfour, one of just a few African American Republicans in the heavily Democratic area, won her seat on the Sayreville Council in 2021. She served on several committees, worked with the Sayreville Human Relations Commission, and was a native of Newark. She was gunned down while she sat in her car in front of her home in Sayreville on February 1.

While surveillance video of a suspect, statements by several eyewitnesses, and 911 calls from the night of the shooting have been released, updated and frequent information from law enforcement officials has been minimal.

However, in an article published last month in NJ Urban News,  reports of friction between Dwumfour and the local Sayreville police department are alleged, following a formal complaint filed against her in January– shortly before her murder by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA)–leading some to speculate if there is a connection between the two events. And initially, prosecutors took the unprecedented step of filing a lawsuit to block the release of public records and other information regarding the case. However, the suit was dropped, yet information regarding the progress and status of the matter remains sparse.

No suspects have been arrested, and authorities are asking 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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