A second New Jersey Republican and metropolis councilman has been murdered since final week. Russell Heller, 51, was present in his automobile useless from obvious gunshot wounds.
This homicide comes one week after Sayreville Borough Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was additionally gunned down in her car.
In response to the native authorities, police responded to an emergency name claiming that somebody 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 greater than a decade, and was at present service as a councilman in Milford, a borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Milford Mayor Henri Schepens issued an announcement after information broke about Heller’s homicide, saying “The Milford Borough Council is deeply saddened by the loss and our hearts exit to his household. He was so energetic, it’s simply unbelievable that he’s gone. One thing like this has by no means occurred in borough historical past. We’re very shaken by this.”
In response to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s workplace, the suspect in Heller’s homicide was Gary Curtis, a former PSE&G worker who was additionally discovered within the city of Bridgewater hours after the homicide in his car, having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities haven’t recognized a transparent motive right now.
Republican councilman Russell Heller has been shot useless in his automobile in New Jersey. This comes precisely one week after Republican councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot useless in her automobile miles away.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) February 9, 2023
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Coincidence or Connection?
Heller’s homicide comes inside every week because the capturing dying of Sayreville Borough Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, who was murdered close to her house on February 1st.
In response to a report by Fox Information Digital, neighbors of Dwumfour heard “between six and 9 gunshots” earlier than listening to the sound of Dwumfour’s car “slamming right into a row of parked vehicles.”
Footage from that night time obtained by Information 12 New Jersey reveals somebody working away from scene nearly instantly after the time of the homicide.
When requested for additional updates by Fox Information Digital, the county’s public info officer acknowledged that “We at present haven’t any updates and no remark right now.”
Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick in an announcement issued after the announcement of Dwumbour’s dying mentioned she was a “devoted member of our Borough Council who was really dedicated to serve all of our residents.”
She described the homicide as a “despicable act.”
In response to NBC Information, authorities from both jurisdictions haven’t made any connections between the deaths of the 2 Republicans. Regarding the dying of Russell Heller, Milford prosecutors have acknowledged that his homicide seems to be an “remoted incident.”
Two REPUBLICAN councilman in New Jersey have been killed within the final week and I haven’t heard a peep about it from Democrats or the msm. pic.twitter.com/MEvXQ2kYdN
— CTM (@no_quarter_1776) February 9, 2023
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