Man accused of killing Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour Googled church, guns: cops

In the year 2014 in the state of Virginia and in the year 2019 in Maryland, the individual from Virginia who was accused of murdering Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour possesses an extensive history of criminal activities, primarily involving fraudulent use of credit cards, as well as two instances of violating weapons laws.

According to public records, Rashid Ali Bynum from Portsmouth, Virginia, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, one day after being accused of the murder of Dwumfour on February 1st, has been charged with 37 criminal violations.

Bynum’s arrest record began in October 2014 in Virginia when he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a maximum of 90 days in jail and three years of probation, according to public records.

Bynum, who pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun, was charged with a weapons violation related to his possession of a firearm on May 23, 2019, in Maryland. He served 17 days in jail before being released on June 10, 2019, when the records were made public.

The TV report from 2019 on the incident indicates that among the three young men in the vehicle that was pulled over for speeding by the Pocomoke City police, two white face gloves and target practice posters were also found in the police vehicle, along with four loaded handguns in possession.

Bynum’s offenses in Virginia include possession of marijuana, possession of a forged credit card, possession of a fraudulent credit card device, eluding the police, larceny, and credit card theft, among others.

Reckless traffic violations include speeding and driving with an expired registration, driving with a suspended license, driving a vehicle with an imitation sticker inspection, and driving while revoked.

Dwumfour, a GOP member and the inaugural African-American elected representative of Sayreville, was apprehended earlier in the day in Chesapeake City, Virginia. Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone declared on Tuesday that he was charged with homicide, illicit possession of a firearm, and possessing a firearm with unlawful intent in connection with Bynum’s demise.

Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour.

No reason for the murder has been announced and the investigation is ongoing.

According to Ciccone, the two were acquainted with one another.

The councilwoman’s LinkedIn page listed her as the director of churches in Newark, where she is also affiliated with the Assembly Royal Champion and the Fellowship Congress Fire. She previously was affiliated with Dwumfour church, which is now known as Assembly Royal Champion with the initials FCF. Bynum’s cellphone contact was listed in Dwumfour’s page.

She sent out a message on LinkedIn, saying that she was looking to make a change, but did not elaborate. Prior to her death, she had also listed herself as a Business IT analyst for Congress Fire Fellowship on her LinkedIn page.

Upon receiving reports of gunshots from concerned neighbors, the police discovered that Dwumfour had sustained multiple gunshot injuries inside her vehicle. Dwumfour was shot while in her car, which was located in the parking area of the residential complex where she resided in the Parlin district of Sayreville.

Witnesses reported seeing a thin, tall Black man with dreads or braids walking up the sidewalk on Avenue Check before the shooting in the area. Additionally, witnesses said that the appearance of the person matched Bynum’s description. Surveillance video showed a person fleeing the area along Ernston Road.

On the day of the murder, Bynum conducted a search for details regarding Champion Royal Assembly Church and Sayreville, alongside information about the magazines that could be used with a particular handgun. Records indicate that Bynum’s phone journeyed from Virginia to New Jersey on Feb. 1 and was detected in the vicinity of Ernston Road shortly before the murder. Ciccone connected a mobile phone linked to Bynum.

According to Ciccone, on February 1st, Bynum’s mobile phone and a white Hyundai with Virginia license plates were observed passing through E-ZPass in Newark, Woodbridge, and Linden. Additionally, records indicated.

The prosecutor stated that the owner of the phone number contacted Bynam and revealed that the owner of the vehicle had listed the white Hyundai for rent prior to the killing.

Ciccone additionally noted that a weapon was discovered at a location in Smithfield, Virginia, where Bynam seemingly returned to following the homicide.

A Magnolia tree has been planted along Main Street in Sayreville in memory of Eunice Dwumfour.

Led by former Councilman Art Rittenhouse, the Sayreville Shade Tree Commission installed a Magnolia tree gifted by Columbia Bank as a tribute to Dwumfour along Main Street, situated in front of the municipal parking lot adjacent to the municipal building.

Rittenhouse stated that a formal dedication is anticipated to take place later this year. The passing of Rittenhouse and the service provided by Dwumfour mark the significance of the area in front of the tree, where a temporary sign is located.

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