April Kauffman, 47, was found in her bedroom Thursday morning by a worker who stopped in to feed the Kauffman's pet parrots, authorities said. Kauffman sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Her husband, Dr. James Kauffman, rushed to their Linwood, N.J., home after learning what happened, neighbors told ABC News affiliate station WPVI.
"He told [my wife] that when he left the house, [April] was sleeping at 5 in the morning with a pillow over her face," Lou Tate told WPVI. Tate said Dr. Kauffman kept asking "Why now?" possibly referring to his pending retirement and relocation to Arizona.
Kauffman was known throughout her community for her advocacy work, and was recently honored by Gov. Chris Christie as one of New Jersey's outstanding volunteers. Once a week, Kauffman co-hosted a radio talk show, focusing on veteran's issues.