A New Jersey alderman was shot dead in his car, the FBI is currently investigating. Here’s what we know.

Thayerville, N.J. Rep. Eunice Dwanfor sits in front of the American flag and smiles for the camera.

Thayerville, NJ, City Councilman Eunice Doomfor. (Courtesy of Sayville Borough Council via AP)

A New Jersey City Councilman was shot dead outside his home on Wednesday – the FBI is currently investigating her death.

Police found Eunice Dwanfor, a 30-year-old Republican on the Sayreville Borough Council, in a white Nissan SUV with several bullet wounds near her townhome shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. discovered. She was confirmed dead at the scene.

Here’s what we know about Dwumfour’s murder.

Circumstances surrounding the incident

the neighbor said Your local CBS news station They heard two sets of four loud gunshots.After Dwumfour was shot, her car rolled down a hill and crashed into a parked car, her body falling over the wheels.

“They looked outside and saw someone running into the woods leading to the parkway,” said a neighbor.

One resident told Fox News Digital that police arrived on the scene within minutes and “they were trying to break the car window. It was clearly locked.”

Dumfor's car loaded into a tow truck.

Dumfor’s car in a tow truck in Thayerville on Thursday. (New Brunswick Today via Reuters)

Witnesses also said they saw a person wearing a hoodie run between two buildings and jump over a fence.

Police in Thayreville, a Middlesex County town of about 45,000 residents, searched a wooded area near the quiet complex where Dumford lived, as well as the nearby Garden State Parkway.

At a press conference Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he doesn’t remember the last elected official in the state to be shot and killed, calling Doomfor’s death a “shocking and shocking development.” is.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, who is working with the Thayerville Police Department on the investigation, said: told ABC News The Alderman’s political views do not appear to have been the motive for the killing yet.

The FBI is currently investigating Dumfor’s death.

At a press conference Friday for the unrelated case, James Dennehy, the FBI special agent in charge of the Newark Field office, said officials were “aware of the case and are working with all partners to find more.” I’m cooperating with you about that incident.”

Yahoo News has reached out to the FBI for comment.

Several police officers stand near a drain grate near Dumfor's house and search inside.

Police will search inside a drain grate near Dwumfour’s home on Thursday. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Detectives obtained Dumfor’s phone from the scene. They told ABC News that in their investigation they looked at the personal, professional and religious aspects of her life.

“We will do everything we can to track down this killer,” Murphy added.

Dumefort was seen as a rising star in the Republican Party

Republican Dumfor was elected to the council in 2021 after defeating incumbent Democrats to begin a three-year term. She also served as a member of the Sayville Human Relations Commission. She had just finished her first semester.

New Jersey Republican Party Chairman Bob Hugin expressed “horror and deep sorrow at the senseless violence.” in a statement.

“We will never forget Eunice’s unwavering commitment to his community and his deep and steadfast Christianity. We are confident that law enforcement will bring the perpetrators of this heartbreaking tragedy to justice. God bless Alderman Dumfor and his family.”

In a statement provided to Yahoo News, Murphy said Dwumfour’s public service career was “just getting started.”

Dumfor folds his arms and smiles.  (Republican Thayerville)

Dwumfour was elected in 2021. (Sayreville GOP)

“I am stunned by the news that Sayreville City Councilman Eunice Dwanfor was killed last night in gun violence. Having already built a reputation as a dedicated member of the Borough Council, responsible for her hard work and seriousness, Congressman Dumfor’s family and friends, her colleagues in her governing body, and the entire Thayerville community extend their condolences. I know Thayerville is a proud, close-knit, and safe community that, as ever, will be united by a common purpose,” Murphy said.

Dwumfour was a mother and church leader

Originally from Newark, Dwumfour lived in Sayreville as a single mother of a 12-year-old daughter. She recently married a pastor in New Jersey in August and in Abuja, Nigeria in November.She has a background in information technology and was her part-time EMT.according to her LinkedIn pagethe MP also served as the ecclesiastical director of the international ministry, the Royal Assembly of Champions.

Thayerville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick recalled Doomfor’s deep faith.

“As well as her dedication to our community, she was a woman of deep faith who worked hard as a person and as a community leader to integrate her strong Christian beliefs into her daily life. can share.” kilpatrick said.

Local Republican chairman Karen Bailey Bebert, who also served as Dwumfour’s campaign manager, described Dwumfour as energetic and with a smile:brightened up the room

“She was a 30-year-old woman,” says Bebert. told the Associated Press“For this to happen in a tragic way means that our hearts are just broken and everyone wants answers. So we are waiting with bated breath.”