NJ radio host April Kauffman laid to rest

Pictured: April Kauffman, who was found shot to death inside her home in Linwood, New Jersey on May 10, 2012.

May 14, 2012 2:49:00 PM PDT
April Kauffman, the Linwood, New Jersey woman murdered in her home last week was laid to rest on Monday.

She was known as a radio host and an advocate for veterans.

"Hopefully they'll catch the person and they will get what they deserve," said Roseanne Finley, who spoke for many who attended the funeral services at Beth El Synagogue in Margate.

The 47-year-old Kauffman was shot multiple times and discovered dead in on Thursday. She was remembered as a tireless, passionate advocate for veteran's issues.

"She was just so caring so compassionate she had so much energy... overwhelming at times," said Andrew Malson, the American Legion NJ Vice Commander. "She was just an inspiration to everybody."

At the funeral, Kauffman's daughter Kim, and her husband, Dr. Jim Kauffman, offered emotional remembrances. Dr. Kauffman, a local endocrinologist, spoke to his deceased wife saying "I love you so much. I don't know what to do without you."

Curiously, he added "I hope to be with you soon."

"It's just astounding. I can't believe he was even able to stand up," said friend Dr. Laura Bonaker. "It's just such a terrible tragedy."

Jim Kauffman's car was towed away by authorities last week. He has been questioned investigators from the prosecutor's office and has retained local attorney Ed Jacobs, who says the doctor has given police a lengthy statement and that Kauffman has, and will, continue to fully cooperate.

The prosecutor has told Linwood residents there's no need to panic, they are safe and that police are on the path to resolving the case. Still, there is a sense of uneasiness that April Kauffman's killer is still out there.

"It's horrible. Dr. Jim is very well respected in this community as a physician and so is April. To not know any information, living in Linwood, is a little bit scary," said friend Bridget Gaffney. "People would just like to know to have some closure for the family."

Just a few days before her death, Kauffman received a governor's award for outstanding community service.