Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death of Ghanaian-American Councilwoman

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A possible targeted attack was suspected by investigators after Eunice Dwumfour, a New Jersey councilwoman of Ghanaian heritage, was fatally shot on February 1 outside her house. Authorities finally detained a man on Tuesday in relation to her slaying, four months after the terrible occurrence.

Rashid Ali Bynum, 28, the suspect, was apprehended in Virginia, according to ABC7 New York. According to the police, Bynum and the woman were acquainted through a church she had previously belonged to. Dwumfour was a member of the Champion Royal Assembly Church in Newark, which is also connected to the church, Fire Congress Fellowship (FCF).

“That is something that is vexing the family as we speak right now,” John Wisniewski, the attorney for Dwumfour’s family, said. Middlesex County Prosecutor, Yolanda Ciccone, also said that though the motive for the murder is unclear at this time, Bynum was linked to the murder through surveillance footage, as he was captured fleeing the scene in the wake of the shooting.

Records obtained from the suspect’s phone also showed he traveled to New Jersey from Virginia at the time Dwumfour was killed, Ciccone said. His search history also revealed he inquired about the type of ammunition that best suits his handgun.

“The murder has shaken the community, and no arrest will bring back the late councilwoman,” Ciccone said.

Bynum faces a slew of charges including first-degree Murder, second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, and second-degree Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, ABC7 New York reported.

“There are no words that can be said to you to make you whole,” Attorney General Matthew Platkin told the deceased councilwoman’s family. “I did not know Eunice. I wish I had. But I know that she was a public servant.”

In 2021, Dwumfour won a seat on the Sayreville city council. According to ABC News, the deceased Republican Party member also held a part-time job as an emergency medical technician and a business analyst outside of politics. She was a leader at her neighborhood church as well. The governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, told reporters after the slaying that Dwumfour was the state’s first elected official to die from a gunshot in recent memory.

“I am so relieved that the crowd that was in Sayreville right now, wondering who would hurt this beautiful woman, would come into our community to do this, and now at least somebody is in custody,” Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick said.

Bynum is yet to be extradited to New Jersey, where he will appear for a pre-trial detention hearing in Superior Court. Dwumfour is survived by a husband and a daughter.

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