The husband of murdered New Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, who was shot to death on Wednesday near her home in Sayreville, posted a bizarre Facebook message on Friday morning, wishing his deceased wife a happy birthday more than a month in advance.
“4th March is your birthday happy glorious birthday in addy my love,” wrote Dwumfour’s husband, a Nigerian man who works as a pastor and identifies himself by the name Eze Kings on the social media site.
Kings added a series of heart emojis and attached about a dozen photos of the two, prominently featuring his late wife’s wedding ring.
The 30-year-old councilwoman and mother of one was pronounced dead by authorities on Wednesday after an unknown gunman shot her multiple times while she drove her white Nissan near the Camelot at La Mer apartment complex.
Neither local police nor the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office have named any suspects, but a report from ABC7 New York said that investigators are looking into her ties to her husband’s church in Nigeria and other avenues of investigation.
Authorities brought in police dogs to search the area behind the apartment complex for the murder weapon, the outlet said.
Neighbors said they may have seen the shooter flee towards the nearby Garden State Parkway, a major road running throughout the state.
Police also said that Dwumfour, a Newark native, was seen on video speaking with the shooter moments before her death.
Dwumfour’s family spoke with the New York Post on Friday, saying that they are cooperating with authorities as they investigate what occurred.
“I can’t say anything about it unless [the investigation] is finished,” said Prince Dwumfour, the councilwoman’s father. When asked about Kings, he reportedly paused, then said, “All these things you’re asking, it will come out eventually.”
One friend, who lived in the same Newark apartment building as Dwumfour’s parents, believed the killing may have been racially motivated.
“We all suggested that she doesn’t move down to that part of Jersey — we call that ‘clan land,’” said the friend, who wished to remain anonymous, according to the Post. “That was a hit. That was an assassination.”
Another family friend, Amos Martey, agreed with the first, believing that Dwumfour was targeted because of her race and position.
“I believe color played a role,” Martey said. “I believe because she’s a minority. It might be related to her job … I might be wrong, but that’s how I feel. It breaks my heart.”
The FBI’s Newark field office issued a statement Friday, announcing that they were aware of Dwumfour’s death and were working with local law enforcement.
“Should they ask us for any assistance, we will do all we can to help their investigation,” a spokesperson said in an email.
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