By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY — South Jersey Assemblyman Antwan McClellan and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver were among the African American politicians expressing condolences of the tragic shooting death of Sayreville borough councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour last week.
Dwumfour, a Republican who was serving out her first team in the borough council, was found shot and killed Wednesday (Feb. 1) outside her home, according to NJ.com.
She grew up in North Jersey and started a three-year term in 2022 with fellow Black Republican Christian Onuoha, beating out two incumbent Democrats. Local police have not released a possible motive and there are no suspects at this time.
“The passing of Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour has sent shockwaves through the entire NJGOP family and the Sayreville community,” said McClellan of Ocean City, the lone Black Republican in the New Jersey State Legislature.
“Described by both sides of the aisle as a devoted public servant, it is an absolute tragedy her life was taken so prematurely due to gun violence. In this time of grief, we must remain strong in our faith while honoring Eunice’s legacy — one that championed love and peace throughout all whom she touched during her lifetime. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s friends and family.
McClellan described Dwumfour as a devoted public servant and the shooting a tragedy due to gun violence.
Messages of solace crossed the political spectrum when news broke of her death this week.
“I join Sayreville in mourning an aspiring public servant who worked to make a positive difference in her community,” said Oliver, while calling for new leads in the investigation. “My heartfelt thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues.”
U.S. Rep. Cory Booker, D-N.J., called Dwumfour’s death a terrible loss.
“The tragic killing of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour in a shooting last night is shocking and horrifying. Her death is a terrible loss not just to her family, friends, and colleagues, but to the Sayreville community and our state. My heart goes out to her loved ones and the entire Sayreville community in their time of pain.”
“I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence,” Murphy said in his statement. “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.
“I send my condolences to Councilwoman Dwumfour’s family and friends, her governing body colleagues, and the entire Sayreville community. Sayreville is a proud, tight-knit, and safe community and I know that it will come together, as it always has, in common purpose.”
Murphy said the New Jersey State Police are supporting the ongoing investigation in the shooting and urged anyone with information to contact either the Sayreville Police or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
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