New Jersey’s second Republican and city councilman has been murdered since last week. Russell Heller, 51, was found dead in his car from apparent gunshot wounds.
The killing comes a week after Sayreville Borough Councilwoman Eunice Dumfour was also shot dead in her car.
Police responded to an emergency call Wednesday morning claiming someone had been shot on the grounds of the PSE&G facility in Franklin Township, according to local authorities.
Heller was a senior distribution supervisor for PSE&G for more than a decade and currently serves as a councilman in Milford, a borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Milford Mayor Henry Schepens issued a statement after news of Heller’s murder broke, saying “Milford Borough Council is deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts go out to his family. He was so full of life, it’s unbelievable that he’s gone. Something like this has never happened in the history of the borough. We are very upset about this.”
According to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect in Heller’s slaying was Gary Curtis, a former PSE&G employee who was also found in the town of Bridgewater hours after the slaying in his car, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities have not identified a clear motive at this time.
Republican Councilman Russell Heller was shot and killed in his car in New Jersey. It comes just a week after Republican councilor Eunice Doumfour was gunned down in her car miles away.
— Kambri (@KamVTV) February 9, 2023
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Coincidence or connection?
Heller’s killing comes less than a week after the shooting death of Sayreville Borough Councilwoman Eunice Doumfour, who was found murdered near her home on Feb. 1.
According to a report by Fox News Digital, Dumfour’s neighbors heard “six to nine gunshots” before Dumfour’s car “crashed into a row of parked cars.”
Footage from that night obtained by News 12 New Jersey shows someone fleeing the scene almost immediately after the murder.
Asked for further updates by Fox News Digital, the county’s public information officer said “we have no updates at this time and no comment at this time.”
Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick said in a statement issued after Dumbur’s death was announced that he was “a dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serving all of our residents.”
He described the killing as a “heinous act”.
According to NBC News, authorities in both jurisdictions have not linked the deaths of the two Republicans. Regarding Russell Heller’s death, Milford prosecutors said his killing appeared to be an “isolated incident.”
Two Republican councilmen in New Jersey were murdered last week and I haven’t heard a peep about it from a Democrat or the MSM. pic.twitter.com/MEvXQ2kYdN
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