MARGATE - The family of April Kauffman talked of the passion and dedication for others that set the Linwood resident and community activist apart during her funeral service this morning.
About 500 people packed the sanctuary at the Beth El Synagogue to honor the woman who was found slain Thursday in her Linwood bedroom. Police said she died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Her husband, James Kauffman, wept throughout his speech Monday as he recounted small moments with his wife, including the early morning phone calls, or the many times April's cell phone would ring and she would answer it because she thought someone needed her help.
Kauffman, an endocrinologist in Egg Harbor Township, said his wife was the most "wonderful, caring person in the world,” who did more to help others than "anyone I know."
"I was always Mr. April. I was so proud of her accomplishments," he said. "I miss you so much. I don't know what to do without you. I hope to be with you soon. Love Jim."
Kauffman has given "a lengthy statement" to investigators, his attorney Ed Jacobs, said.
"Dr. Kauffman has done all that he could to assist in the investigation," Jacobs said.
Police are still investigating the incident and no arrests have been announced since April Kauffman, 47, was found at about 11 a.m. Thursday by a man who regularly came to feed her birds.
"Any good prosecutor will first direct an investigation toward eliminating spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends," Jacobs said of Dr. Kauffman being questioned. "That's an obvious first step."
Jacobs said he has been in contact with the Atlantic County prosecutor, and indicated that "if there's a need for cooperation, I am ready, willing and able to do that."
"Once Dr. Kauffman is no longer speaking with the (Atlantic County) Prosecutor's Office, they will, I'm sure, move on to other phases of the investigation," Jacobs said. "They can expect our complete cooperation throughout."
Rabbi Aaron Krauss, who led Monday’s service, said April Kauffman always lit up the room.
"Today, sadly, she did it as well," he said.
Krauss quoted from the Book of Proverbs, which said every human spirit is the light of God.
"Each of us has an obligation to ignite, spark and fan into a flame," he said. "A little candle can be burned out, or can kindle other flames."
The light of April Kauffman will continue to flame other candles, he said.
"We thank God for all the good she was able to do," he said. "For all she has done to make the world a better place."
April Kauffman was most known for her work with local veterans and American Legion Post 352 provided a color guard that mourners walked past and through the front door.
Ventnor resident Richard Baker, a chaplain for the post, said the tribute was fitting for the woman who did so much for local veterans.
"Everything that was important she was involved in," he said. "I will miss her so much."
Kauffman's daughter, Kimberly Pack, told the many veterans and current servicemen in attendance that they were her passion.
"This was her calling," she said, "This is where she belonged - with them."
In addition to all her community service, Pack recalled all the things large and small her mother did so exceptionally. Pack said she would turn to her mother for something simple such as removing a stain, planting a garden or hosting a party.
"I admired her for her qualities that I did not possess," she said. "She would never let the word no or a closed door get in her way. She always had a solution."
Interment followed at Rodef Sholom Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township.
In lieu of flower, contributions in April's memory may be made to any veterans organization or to the American Red Cross.
At 3 p.m. today, WIBG 1020 will rebroadcast Kauffman's last full two-hour broadcast on the King Arthur Show, which originally aired May 9.
Police are still investigating the incident and no arrests have been announced.
Staff Writer Lynda Cohen contributed to this report.
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