DULUTH — The Hertz rental car company is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever gunned down a respected assistant manager a week ago near Duluth.
Duluth resident Monique Marlowe, 24, graduated the University of Georgia in 2009 after travels abroad, and joined Hertz the following year. Her potential with the company, where she was highly regarded among supervisors, was snuffed out about 5 p.m. Friday, when a gunman shot her once while she was cleaning a vehicle beside the 3492 Satellite Blvd. rental location.
Gwinnett police announced the $25,000 reward Thursday but offered no updates on the investigation. Hertz corporate spokesman Richard Broome said the murder has rocked the company, and especially the close-knit "handful" of Marlowe's coworkers that staffed the Duluth location.
"We're absolutely shocked by the senseless murder, and we feel (the reward) is the least we can do to support the family (and) the police investigation," Broome said.
In the wake of the killing, Broome said the company has decided to close the Duluth office and relocate employees nearby. The decision isn't a reflection on the area, which is near Gwinnett Place Mall and adjacent to a pick-up and drop-off hub for Gwinnett County Transit, he said.
"It really has more to do with our people having to work in an environment where one of their colleagues was recently murdered," he said. "We feel it's the right gesture."
Marlowe was shot once, and coworkers discovered her shortly after the incident, alive but struggling. She spoke to responding officers, telling them a "black male wearing a blue shirt shot her," police said. She later died at Gwinnett Medical Center.
Nothing related to Marlowe's death has turned up stolen, Broome said.
Police said the young male immediately left the area. Based on the time of day and location, investigators believe someone in the area of the bus depot likely saw something.
Broome said the incident and subsequent reward are unique for the company, which operates in 150 companies, in at least the last decade.
Police ask anyone with information -- and especially anyone at the Gwinnett County Transit hub between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Friday who saw something suspicious -- to call detectives at 770-513-5300.