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Church Associate Arrested in Death of Pastor, Councilwoman



Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour

New Jersey authorities have arrested a church associate on murder and gun charges in connection with the death of a pastor and town councilwoman who was gunned down in her SUV outside her home.

Prosecutors said at a news conference that Rashid Ali Bynum, 28, of Portsmouth, Virginia, was linked to the death of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, 30, after investigators traced his travels from his cellphone and vehicle location data on Feb. 1, The Associated Press reports.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said at a news conference.

He also matched the description of the gunman given by neighbors in Sayreville, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said.

Tuesday’s arrest came nearly four months after Dwumfour was found gunned down in her white SUV outside her rented townhome, while her 11-year-old daughter heard the shots from inside.

Dwumfour, who grew up in Newark, had lived in Virginia at one point, and family lawyer John Wisniewski said Bynum had lived in Sayreville. But beyond that, he did not know the nature of their relationship and the prosecutor declined to discuss a possible motive.