Sayreville, New Jersey, Republican Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was murdered 34 days ago, and her family says that authorities have left them in the dark.
Attorney John Wisniewski, a former Democratic state legislator and gubernatorial candidate, is advising Dwumfour’s parents, Ghanaian immigrants Prince Kofi and Mary Dwumfour, and said the family is concerned with the lack of updates from authorities investigating their daughter’s murder. The Dwumfours will reportedly meet with investigators this week after Wisniewski helped set up a meeting.
“The silence about this and the absence of outreach prompted them through their pastor to reach out to me to help facilitate, and there will be an opportunity this week for them to sit down and learn that everything is being done and no stone is being left unturned,” Wisniewski said Monday, according to NorthJersey.com.
The attorney said the lack of info from authorities on the case is “mystifying and troubling” when compared to smaller cases, such as vandalism, that police immediately posted rewards for information. Authorities still have not come up with a suspect or motive and have not held a press conference on Dwumfour’s murder.
“Here there’s a homicide and their daughter’s taken from them and in comparison, it’s crickets,” Wisniewski charged.
Dwumfour’s loved ones gathered for her funeral in Newark on Sunday, which was delayed so her husband Ezechukwu Peter Akwue could arrange to travel to the U.S. from Nigeria. The couple married just two months before Dwumfour was found dead in the driver’s seat of her white Nissan SUV after being shot as many as 14 times as she pulled up to her Sayreville home.
Surveillance video obtained by News 12 New Jersey appeared to show a man dressed in black running behind Dwumfour’s complex around the same time Dwumfour was killed. 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.
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Last month, the New Jersey prosecutor’s office investigating Dwumfour’s murder requested an injunction to block news outlets from obtaining important information about the case.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office argued that releasing any information to the public about the councilwoman’s death would hinder law enforcement’s investigation, NJ.com reported. The move came after several local and national media outlets requested that 911 calls, arrest reports, and police body cam and dash cam footage be made public.
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 was an assistant pastor in the Champions Royal Assembly, a Nigerian-based prosperity gospel church.