The charming Dwumfour, 30, was shot and killed outside her Sayreville home on February 1; friends and family are seeking assistance in identifying the shooter. With connections in politics, religion, and money that resonate across continents, the case is resonating from New Jersey to West Africa.
Little is being said by the authorities. The continued quiet is upsetting to Dwumfour’s parents and her new husband Peter Ezechukwu, who had intended to come to the United States with her this spring but came instead for her burial.
While acknowledging their concerns, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office insisted that the investigation’s objectivity must be preserved.
At council meetings, emotions were frequently high. Dwumfour took on the issue head-on in January. The year is 2023, and Dwumfour prayed that everyone’s perspective would change. Happy and prosperous new year to everyone, please.
Four weeks later, she was dead.
Dwumfour dropped off a housemate who had gone food shopping with her just before the shooting. According to family, she shared an apartment in the Camelot at La Mer development in the suburbs with her daughter and two church mates.
“We were waiting for my mom to look for a parking space, and then she was taking a lot of time, so we started calling her over and over and over, but it wouldn’t pick up. And then we heard gunshots, and we started calling the police,” recalled Nicole, who had dinner ready for her mother. “I thought it was fireworks.”
“Nigerians,” Ezechukwu said, “want to know: ’What really happened? We believe in America — authority, the police and everybody. … We need justice for her.”
The family worries that day may never come.
“And the fear. Just to be plain honest — this is a Black woman, the first Black councilwoman in Sayreville. Are they just going to sweep this under the rug just like every Black person?” Badu asked. “We just need some assurance, that’s all.”
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