Shock waves were sent through a small New Jersey city after April Kauffman, a former radio host and champion of veterans' causes, was killed in her house as an arrest appears likely to be made soon.
Kauffman was found shot dead inside her home around 11:30 a.m. yesterday by a worker in her bedroom in Linwood, N.J., according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's office.
Kauffman, 47, suffered multiple gunshot wounds, the prosecutor's office said.
No arrests have been made in Kauffman's murder, which continues to be under investigation, according to the prosecutor's office.
However, Atlantic County Prosecutor Theodore Housel said Friday that an arrest in April Kauffman's murder was likely.
We have sufficient information to conduct an ongoing investigation that we believe will ultimately be successful, he said, according to WPVI-TV.
April Kauffman was a host on WOND-1400 AM until February and promoted the Atlantic County Toys For Kids programs and other causes on the show, according to the Press Of Atlantic City.
Harry Hurley, who did several radio broadcasts with Kauffman, told the paper she did the work of 100 people. She cannot be replaced. Her energy was crazy.
According to AprilKauffman.net, Kauffman was involved in numerous charities, including the American Red Cross, where she was on the board of directors for the organization's Southern Shore Chapter.
Kauffman also encouraged people to donate blood.
Remember to donate blood and give generously was one of April's daily quotes, according to AprilKauffman.net.
But perhaps her most cherished cause was veterans' issues. Kauffman visited Washington, D.C. to highlight issues veterans face, including care for so-called wounded warriors who come back from battle with devastating injuries.
The murder of April Kauffman was a shock to the small community of Linwood, a city of 7,000 in southern New Jersey.
Donna Clementoni said she called Kauffman around two hours before she was murdered and later learned of her friend's death, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
Clementoni said she could not think of why someone would murder April Kauffman, who was revered in her community.
I have no idea why anyone would do this. She's like a local legend. She's outspoken. She's like a bombshell and all she ever wanted to do was help people, Clementoni said.
Dee Capizzo said a murder in the small New Jersey town is unheard of.
Linwood's such a quiet little town, she told the Press of Atlantic City. It's a nice neighborhood, right across from the school. It's unreal. ... I had to run down here because I didn't believe it. And then I saw the (news) helicopter, and I knew something was up.