PEQUANNOCK — A local car dealership is donating a brand-new minivan to the family of the Jersey City police officer who was killed in the line of duty last month.

The officer's widow, Laura Seals, will be behind the wheel of a fully loaded 2020 Honda Odyssey EX-L, worth more than $39,000. 

Detective Joseph Seals, 40, a 15-year veteran of the city's Police Department, was shot at a cemetery on Dec. 10 by assailants who then drove to a nearby kosher grocery store, where they gunned down three more people. A lengthy shootout with police ensued, and the pair of suspects also were killed.

The van is being donated by Route 23 Honda, a dealership operated by Performance Auto Group, near the township's border with Wayne.

"That is what she wanted," Joan Foley, the auto group's director of administration, said Wednesday. "She needed a van — she needed something to be a soccer mom."

The auto group's owner, Kevin DiPiano, was approached by The 200 Club of Bergen County to make the donation. The club is a Hackensack-based nonprofit that helps families of EMTs, firefighters and police in case of their injury or death. Read more at