Skip to comments.Linwood attempts return to normalcy after April Kauffman killing; no arrests made yet
Posted on 05/13/2012 11:40:30 AM PDT by John W
LINWOOD Woodstock Drive has been the center of a major homicide investigation, media attention and local speculation since April Kauffman, a well-known veterans advocate, business owner and local radio host, was found shot multiple times in her home there Thursday.
But as the investigation reached day three Saturday when officials said there have still been no arrests in the case there were signs that the typically peaceful community was returning to normal.
Police cars were no longer blocking the streets. The cluster of media was gone. And people were out doing things such as working in their yards and walking on the nearby bike path, instead of standing at the end of the street trying to see what was going on.
Kauffmans home itself no longer resembled a crime scene by the late morning, as a pair of grief-stricken women who declined to comment removed the police line from in front of the house, where one of the homes three garage doors was open enough to show a red Corvette parked inside. Kauffman, 47, was a Corvette enthusiast who organized a Corvette caravan last year to honor wounded military personnel.
From the youth soccer fields lined with folding chairs and sliced oranges, to the popular annual Linwood Country Fair taking place at nearby All Wars Memorial Park, it appeared, on the surface at least, that Linwood was itself again.
It absolutely seems like people are getting back to normal, said Mayor Richard DePamphilis III, who judged the pet parade at the country fair on Saturday. We are still somewhat anxious about the investigation, how far along it is and are still waiting to find out what the outcome will be. But things are getting back to normal.
The citys All Wars Memorial Park was full of families who came out for the country fair. Many of the residents enjoyed the beautiful weather and camaraderie with the neighbors and were very reluctant to speak on the tragedy.
It was really upsetting for a lot of people, said city resident John McClain. Obviously its not something we expected.
Chick Kisby, chief of the citys volunteer fire department, said it was good to have a peaceful relaxing day for the community.
Its still upsetting to the town, he said. You have to move on when something like this happens.
Ventnor resident Stephen Dicht, who is running for county freeholder in Linwoods district in November, used the fair to meet several of his potential new constituents. He said he knew Kauffman through her work as a community activist for veterans.
She was quite a woman. She was always there for the vets, he said. Its just a real tragedy. I hope the police and prosecutor solve it quickly.
Lauren Mehnert, who lives near Woodstock Drive, was at work Thursday when her childrens babysitter called to tell her about the sound of sirens nearby. Mehnert, like many of Kauffmans neighbors, picked her home because of its peaceful setting and proximity to schools, the bike path and the park.
But when she returned home from work Thursday, she was greeted with flashing police lights, television news trucks and crowded streets.
It was shocking, said Mehnert, 34. Its sad that it had to happen so close and to someone like that.
On Saturday, Mehnert walked past Woodstock Drive with her children Michael, 4, and Madeleine, 1 not to get a look at the crime scene, but rather to get to the park.
I do think things seem to be back to normal, Mehnert said. In the community, that is. Im sure that things will still be difficult for the people who knew her and loved her for some time.
Kauffmans funeral services have been scheduled for her family and friends at 11 a.m. Monday at Beth El Synagogue in Margate. Interment will follow at Rodef Sholom Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township. In lieu of flower, contributions in Aprils memory may be made to any veterans organization or to the American Red Cross.
At 3 p.m. Monday, WIBG 1020 will rebroadcast Kauffmans last full two-hour broadcast on the King Arthur Show, which originally aired May 9, according to WIBGs King Arthur Gropper.
Meanwhile, area veterans for whom Kauffman spent much of her time advocating are working on ways to honor their friend.
A sign reads RIP April Kauffman outside the Somers Point VFW, where officials said a memorial service is being planned in her honor for May 25.
Staff writer Joel Landau contributed to this story.
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So, can we actually have a thread about a murdered talk show host in a civil manner?
Hoping for that, yes.
Good luck with that.
I apparently missed freeper controversy about this yesterday. Was she a conservative? Was she enjoyed by freepers? Was she caustic, with lots of enemies? What had she been doing that might have proved motive for her enemies? Anyone know?
A different story from the same source tells something about her.
She was married....9 times out of 10 that’s all the motive that’s necessary.
My initial reaction was moose limbs on the loose.
Thanks! So she was a PRO VETERAN! A supporter of America’s backbone and being recognized for it. Jealous of time spent giving the honor and protection to those who deserve it? We’ll see who hated this patriot so much.
Former radio host and activist April Kauffman a woman known throughout the region as a tireless advocate for veterans was at the high point of her life.
Earlier this month [she] had been chosen from a crowd of 1,400 nominees for a governors award for community service. And she had finally seen progress on her campaign to ensure that veterans would be able to seek medical care locally rather than traveling to a VA in Wilmington, Del.
She sounds like a great person from these posts. Do you think this murder was a personal thing?
She had catering and salon businesses? Could be a simple as she refused to pay the weekly vig. Isn’t multiple gunshot murder a mob style? Or maybe a jealous lover? Sadly that’s usually what it is. Love or money.
I have no idea. The video link at post #9 provides analysis from a former police officer who thinks so.
Can’t be — they’re a peaceful bunch. Ask any congresscritter.
Good job starting a new thread to cover this w/o the previous internecine CF.
I was wondering the same thing. I couldn’t find a thread about her death on FR and was curious if any Freepers knew anything about her.
Thank you! What a godsend she was to veterans. Kindly makes me feel lazy. What a great woman and I’m glad she is being honored this way.
Thank you for posting this thread.
My heartfelt condolences to all of those who cared about April.
May justice be done.