Just one week after the harrowing murder of Republican New Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, a second Republican and city councilman has been murdered in the Garden State. Russell Heller, 51, was found dead Wednesday in his car from apparent gunshot wounds.
Dwumfour, a Sayreville borough councilwoman, was also killed in her car, and despite these stunning stories, the media has been largely silent.
According to authorities, police responded to an emergency call claiming someone had been shot at on the grounds of the PSE&G facility in Franklin Township early Wednesday morning.
Heller was a senior distribution supervisor at PSE&G for over a decade and was currently serving as a councilman in Milford, a borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Milford Mayor Henri Schepens issued a statement in the wake of Heller’s murder, saying, “The Milford Borough Council is deeply saddened by the loss and our hearts go out to his family. He was so full of life, it’s just unbelievable that he’s gone. Something like this has never happened in borough history. We are very shaken by this.”
According to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office, the suspect in Heller’s murder was Gary Curtis, a fellow former PSE&G employee who was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities have not identified a clear motive at this time.
Authorities have also not shared any links between the two crimes. Milford prosecutors stated that Heller’s murder appears to be an “isolated incident.”
However, some close to Dwumfour believe that she was the victim of a targeted and “personal” attack.
Fox News reports:
Friend and Pastor Nelia Rodriguez said she believed Dwumfour was the victim of a targeted and “personal attack.”
“We believe it [was] very personal because she was shot seven times in the face and another seven shots were hitting everywhere [else],” Rodriguez said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “So for somebody to get so close to somebody and shoot them so many times, it has to be personal.”
Photo obtained by Fox News Digital shows aftermath of the shooting involving New Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour (Obtained by Fox News Digital’)
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said the investigation into Dwumfour’s death is ongoing. Officials have not released a motive or any information about a suspect.