The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s workplace broke practically per week of silence in regards to the taking pictures demise of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour Wednesday, saying for the primary time there’s no menace to the group.
Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone made her first public feedback on the case whereas talking to reporters at an unrelated occasion. NJ.com reported she stated there was “not an ongoing threat to the community” however declined to call a suspect or a motive for the killing.
She additionally stood by her relative silence in the case and her determination to not maintain any press conferences in the aftermath of the taking pictures. A spokesperson for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Workplace hasn’t answered any questions because the morning of Thursday, Feb. 2 — when the workplace issued a launch figuring out Dwumfour because the sufferer of a taking pictures demise the night time earlier than.
“There is no expense being spared,” Ciccone informed reporters, in accordance with the NJ.com report.
Earlier this week, Borough Administrator Glenn Skarzynski, a retired member of the police pressure, additionally defended the prosecutor’s workplace’s lack of updates to media or the general public.
“We’re trying to be as absolutely transparent as we can,” he said. “It’s just that we don’t want to be the ones to make this go sideways.”
He stated he “cannot imagine a scenario” the place there could be an ongoing menace to the general public, and the prosecutor wouldn’t warn the group.
Authorities haven’t introduced any arrests in the case and Ciccone didn’t elaborate on how she is aware of there isn’t any persevering with menace.
The prosecutor’s workplace additionally withdrew a lawsuit filed Monday to dam the discharge of paperwork in the case that have been requested by numerous media organizations, together with Gothamist, beneath the state’s Open Public Information Act. The lawsuit had been described by transparency advocates as an unnecessarily aggressive maneuver that would deter members of the general public from exercising their proper to request data — for concern of being taken to court docket.
Dwumfour, 30, was shot a number of instances in her SUV final Wednesday night time on the La Mer townhome growth the place she lived, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Workplace has stated. She was a first-time borough councilwoman who unseated a Democratic incumbent in 2021. Dwumfour was lively in her Newark church, Champions Royal Meeting, and leaves behind a daughter.
“Please keep her and her family in your prayers,” Gov. Phil Murphy stated at an occasion on Wednesday. “I spoke to her mom and dad the other night. You can only imagine how they’re doing.”
Dwumfour shall be remembered at a memorial service Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Epic Church Worldwide in Sayreville.