Eunice Dwumfour, a councilwoman from New Jersey, was shot and killed outside her Sayreville home in February, and a 28-year-old Virginia man has been detained in connection with the crime.
At a news conference, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone revealed that state and federal authorities arrested Rashid Ali Bynum outside a home in Chesapeake City, Virginia, at around 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday and charged him with first-degree murder and two gun charges.
“The murder has shaken the community, and no arrest will bring back the late councilwoman,” Ciccone said. “However, I do trust that justice will be found through the criminal justice process.”
Bynum, a resident of Portsmouth, Virginia, is a wanted person in New Jersey and is awaiting extradition. He will be detained at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional facility until the pre-trial detention hearing in the state Superior Court, which will take place after he arrives.
Republican Dwumfour, 30, died when Bynum reportedly fired several shots at her SUV on February 1 at around 7:30 p.m. while Dwumfour’s daughter, 12, was inside their house.
Bynum was registered as a contact on the councilwoman’s phone, suggesting that Dwumfour knew him previously.
The initials “FCF,” which Ciccone claimed stood for “Fire Congress Fellowship,” a church that Dwumfour had formerly belonged to, were written next to his name.
According to Ciccone, the fellowship is also connected to the Champion Royal Assembly, to which Dwumfour belonged at the time of her passing.
According to the prosecutor, Bynum allegedly looked up information about Dwumfour’s church, her hometown, and which magazines worked with a certain weapon on the internet.
Authorities also discovered a firearm at the Smithfield, Virginia, residence where Bynum reportedly went after killing Dwumfour.
However, Ciccone omitted to explain why Bynum would have desired the councilwoman’s demise. After making the statement, she refused to answer any questions.