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Family pleads public for tips in young woman's slaying

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman A flyer offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the murder of 24-year-old Monique Marlowe hangs at the Gwinnett Transit Center in Duluth near where her murder took place in September. Police say few leads have been gathered since the believed robbery took Marlowe's life.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman A flyer offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the murder of 24-year-old Monique Marlowe hangs at the Gwinnett Transit Center in Duluth near where her murder took place in September. Police say few leads have been gathered since the believed robbery took Marlowe's life.

DULUTH -- Longing for answers and desperate for tips, Monique Marlowe's loved ones revisited the scene of her murder to ask the public for help.

Dan Marlowe and Adam Pitts spent their Tuesday morning at the Gwinnett Transit Center off Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, just a few dozen feet from the spot where Monique -- the 24-year-old daughter of the former and old school friend of the latter -- was gunned down on Sept. 21.

Even more than two months later, little progress has been made in finding her killer. Dan Marlowe and Pitts canvassed the bus stop Tuesday, passing out a few hundred fliers to transit riders and posting them anywhere possible.

"The longer it gets, the more time passes, things fade," Marlowe told the Daily Post. "We want to do as much as we can before it gets too late."

Monique Marlowe graduated third in her class at Barrow County's Apalachee High School, and was a state championship swimmer, all-state bassoonist and varsity tennis player. Kindergarten through senior year, she never missed a day of school.

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in international business, she completed an internship with Disney before returning home.

"She was just as good a person as you could hope to know," said Pitts, who went to middle school, high school and college with Marlowe.

Even with Marlowe's pedigree, the job market was tough and she took a job as an associate with Hertz Rent-A-Car. For about two years she worked at the location at 3492 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, adjacent to the Gwinnett Transit Center.

A corporate spokesman previously told the Daily Post that Marlowe was a "very highly regarded" assistant manager.

On the final day of her life, she was cleaning a rental vehicle when she was approached by a suspect she later described, in her dying breaths, as a young black male wearing a light blue shirt.

At around 5 p.m., in broad daylight, Marlowe was shot once and killed. The suspect fled and has never been identified.

"It was just a very cruel act, just senseless," Dan Marlowe said. "She had nothing of value on her. He just destroyed a life that had so much more potential."

Because of the time and location, Gwinnett County police believe someone likely witnessed the incident. Homicide detectives have investigated thoroughly since the shooting but have had no luck, spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

No suspect has been identified, and several tips -- many gathered after Hertz began offering a $25,000 reward -- have been "investigated to exhaustion without getting us an actual suspect." Authorities aren't ruling anything out, but the belief is that the crime was a random robbery attempt gone wrong.

Anyone with information or tips about the case can call Gwinnett County homicide detectives at 770-513-5300; call the Gwinnett police tip line at 770-962-6272; or send email to gcpdetips@gwinnettcounty.com.

"At this point it's going to take some information that we are not aware of right now (to solve the case)," Smith said.

Monique Marlowe's friends and family are trying to help find that information.

"I'm certainly not going to give up, and I know her parents aren't going to give up, and I know there are a lot of people who cared a lot about her," Pitts said Tuesday. "This person shouldn't be among the public and should be brought to justice."