Nowhere did the news of a homicide inside a Woodstock Drive home in Linwood travel faster than on social media Thursday afternoon.
News of the homicide was first publicly reported on Twitter by a local media outlet, which announced at 2:38 p.m. that authorities were investigating the Linwood homicide.
A few minutes later, other tweets were sent, also confirming the homicide of well-known local activist April Kauffman. Police said they were alerted to the discovery of her body at about 11:30 a.m.
For hours her identity remained anonymous — although the media outlet that was the first to report the homicide tweeted and posted to Facebook Kauffman’s name — only to take down the tweet and Facebook post almost immediately afterward.
It wasn’t until 4:30 p.m., five hours after her body was discovered, that the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office identified the 47-year-old woman by name as the victim.
Even before news of her death was officially confirmed, friends posted messages to Kauffman’s Facebook web page, including one at 2 p.m. that simply said, “Please call me.”
Two hours later, condolences started coming and continued for hours on her Facebook page, including from Eileen Haggerty, who posted at 4 p.m.: “She told me her real friends will never cry or send sympathy cards that they will have a party. I can’t imagine life with out you April you lite (sic) up everyone’s day.”
Condolences also were sent out on Twitter and continued for hours afterward.
Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, tweeted at 5:14 p.m., “Deeply saddened by the tragic loss of local veterans advocate April Kauffman. My thoughts and prayers go out to April’s family.”
Others, such as Strode Wendell, the executive director of the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky., tweeted “I am just devastated over the murder of my dear friend April Kauffman” and posted to Facebook, “She was the most selfless person I have ever know. She was always doing things for others, especially veterans.”
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