Republican Leader Shot Dead One Week After Another was Fatally Attacked

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The attacks on Republicans have taken on a deadly mission in the Democrat stronghold of New Jersey, where a populist movement threatens to displace a long string of corrupt politicians in the state- it all seems to be screaming to the American people from recent headlines.

“Becoming more and more dangerous to be a conservative much less a Republican. If you have strong moral values you are a target, sad situation we are in,” one poster wrote on Twitter in reaction to the news that a Republican had been killed.

Law enforcement has found no official connections to the deaths and their political party, but the coincidences with them both being Republicans- against the backdrop of the other political attacks on Republicans, as is being exposed in DC in numerous committee hearings, is making many people suspicious.

Last week there were reports of the deadly shooting of a young Black Mother who had just won an election as a Republican.  And now there is a second death, which appears to have a number of similarities to the other death.

“Two Republican city council members in New Jersey have been slain in the last week after one was shot to death in the community of Franklin on Wednesday,” Western Journal reported, adding:

Russell Heller, a 51-year-old GOP borough councilman in Milford, was shot to death in the parking lot of a building owned by the public utility provider PSE&G where he worked, reported.

Police said the victim was targeted by a disgruntled former employee, according to the report.

The suspect, identified as 58-year-old Gary Curtis, later took his own life while sitting in his vehicle in nearby Bridgewater, New Jersey, police said.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release Wednesday the attack occurred just after 7 a.m. ET that day and Heller was dead when first responders arrived at the scene.

“Responding Officers encountered a deceased adult male suffering from a gunshot wound,” the release said. “Emergency Medical Personnel from an area Trauma Center responded to the scene where the male was pronounced deceased.”

The release said officers were still attempting to find a potential motive in the shooting.

On Thursday, authorities said Heller’s killing was “not politically connected,” reported.

Milford’s mayor put out a statement that remembered Heller as “full of life.”

“The Milford Borough Council is deeply saddened by the loss and our hearts go out to his family,” Mayor Henri Schepens said in the statement, according to “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.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Kean Jr., R-7th Dist., shared his condolences for the councilman in social media posts Wednesday evening.

“I am shocked and saddened by the tragic murder of Milford Councilman Russell Heller,” Kean wrote. “Russell was an outstanding public servant who proudly represented the river town he loved. My prayers are with his family and the Milford community.”
Zachary T. Rich, director of the Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners said he and fellow board members are in a state of shock and grief after hearing of Heller’s death.
“Russell was a dedicated and valuable member of the Milford and Hunterdon County community whose leadership and commitment will be sorely missed,” Rich said. “More importantly, however, Russell was a loving and caring father to his daughter and a dedicated and loyal friend to all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

“New Jersey councilmember Russell Heller was shot and killed in his car Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide,” Gothamist (@Gothamist) February 9, 2023.

Heller’s death followed the Feb. 2 slaying of another New Jersey borough council member.

Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour of Sayreville was shot multiple times as she sat in her vehicle near her apartment.

The 30-year-old crashed the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

This was the scene overnight in the Sayreville development known as La Mer, where a 30-year-old Councilwoman was murdered.

“Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s white SUV crashed after the gunshots rang out. It appears she was targeted though the killer’s motive is still not clear,” Charlie Kratovil (@Charlie4Change) posted on Twitter on February 2, 2023.

Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick remembered Dwumfour as a public servant who truly cared about her community in a statement.

“Eunice was a dedicated member of our borough council who was truly committed to serve our residents,” Kilpatrick said. “The fact she was taken from us by this despicable criminal act makes this incident all the more horrifying.”

Social media posters believed that the death was politically motivated:

“Two levels of justice will be shown by NJ. Somehow, I don’t think the situation will be treated the same as if she had been a Democrat,” one Twitter poster predicted.

Police believe the councilwoman was specifically targeted by her killer. She was shot seven times in the head, according to authorities.

No arrests have been made in Dwumfour’s murder.


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