South Jersey talk radio personality April Kauffman was found fatally shot Thursday in a bedroom of her Atlantic County home. She worked at Longport Media’s WOND-AM Atlantic City until February, and then WIBG LLC’s WIBG-AM also in that market since.
The day before her death, she co-hosted “The King Arthur Show” on WIBG, a show she had appeared on weekly for at least several months. But the prosecutor said the killing apparently had nothing to do with her work on the radio. Atlantic County Prosecutor Theodore Housel suggested Friday that an arrest was likely, though he didn’t say how soon or provide any information about a possible suspect, reported Fox News.
“We have sufficient information to conduct an ongoing investigation that we believe will ultimately be successful,” he said.
No arrests had been made as of yet. A person who came to feed a collection of pet birds belonging to Kauffman and her husband, James, found her body, said a neighbor speaking on condition of anonymity. Housel said the handyman called 911 around 11:30 a.m. after he discovered her body in her home. Kauffman was shot several times.
Friends and associates said she owned a catering business and a hair salon but was best known in the area for her support of veterans, including on-air. Her husband is a practicing endocrinologist in Linwood, The Press of Atlantic City reported.
“She just had an incredible personality. She could never say no to any charity or anything. The kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back,” her radio show co-host, Arthur Gropper, said.
Gropper said Kauffman was in a jovial mood Wednesday, with no indication anything was troubling her. He said they were celebrating progress on veterans issues and she was talking about wanting to work with homeless veterans.
Donna Clementoni, a friend and fellow veterans advocate from Egg Harbor Township, told The Press that Kauffman sent her an email around 1:50 a.m. Thursday about an event the two were planning. She said she tried to reach Kauffman about 9 a.m. but couldn’t.
“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.
Just a few days before her death she also received a governor’s award for outstanding community service.