Newark congregants celebrate life of slain Sayreville councilwoman; Murphy orders flags at half-staff
Congregants of slain Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour gathered Sunday at the Newark church where she was a pastor to celebrate her life.
Many who gathered at the Champions Royal Assembly were also still shaken up from the news of her fatal shooting.
Normal Sunday service was held with many saying "Pastor Eunice," as she was affectionately called, would want them to be at church. As they left church, many did not want to speak with News 12 New Jersey but had kind words to say about their pastor and what she meant to the community.
As the investigation continues, congregants hope the person who gunned down their pastor will be caught. They said they were thankful for the time they had with her.
"She wouldn't want us coming out here tearing up for her. This is not how we're going to do this. She wants us to be happy, so we're all being happy...We're not mourning her. We're celebrating her," said Andre Ibuaka, of Somerset.
Search efforts ramped up Saturday night with police asking anyone with surveillance footage from the night of the shooting to please come forward.
"We have a community that's very tight knit, everyone is looking out for one another. So I know there has been people reaching out to each other just making sure, what can we do?" said neighbor Gayle Sarapochillo.
Dwumfour was gunned down while in her car on Feb. 1, shot multiple times.
Back in Newark, as members of the councilwoman's church left service, many came out to flyers on their cars from the police encouraging anyone with information to please come forward.
Authorities have yet to say if this was a targeted slaying , personal, political or a random act.
No arrest had been made in the shooting as of Sunday night.
On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all U.S. And New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff on all state buildings. The order lasts until Wednesday.