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Billboard seeking tips in Duluth rental car slaying

Staff Photo: John Bohn A billboard located at the Pleasant Hill Road exit of I-85, offers a reward for information in the murder of Monique Marlowe. Marlowe was recently murdered while working at a car rental business on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth.

Staff Photo: John Bohn A billboard located at the Pleasant Hill Road exit of I-85, offers a reward for information in the murder of Monique Marlowe. Marlowe was recently murdered while working at a car rental business on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth.

DULUTH -- The family of Monique Marlowe is not giving up.

A standout student in both high school and college, a former state champion swimmer and all-state bassoonist, the 24-year-old was gunned down in cold blood Sept. 21 while detailing a car outside of the Hertz Rent-A-Car location on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. There have been no real leads, no arrests and no suspects since.

Marlowe's family, though, hopes a new (big) strategy will pay off.

A billboard broadcasting the $25,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest and conviction in the case has gone up in recent days, a red, yellow and blue plea for the public to help police help the family find closure. Near the "intersection" of Interstate 85 and Pleasant Hill Road, it's not far from the actual crime scene.

"I'm sure that thousands and thousands of people will see that every day," Marlowe's father, Dan, said of the billboard, which is planned to be up for at least two months. "And hopefully it will trigger someone to talk."

Monique Marlowe graduated third in her class at Barrow County's Apalachee High School, and went on to graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in international business. She had worked at the Hertz location at 3492 Satellite Boulevard -- adjacent to the Gwinnett Transit Center -- for about two years.

At about 5 p.m. on Sept. 21, she was cleaning a vehicle when she was shot once in broad daylight and died. The suspect fled and was never identified. In her dying breaths, Marlowe described her killer only as a young black male wearing a light blue shirt.

Because of the time and location, police believe someone must have witnesses the incident. But several tips garnered since then have proved unfruitful. In December, Dan Marlowe and a friend of his daughter's canvassed the bus stop near the scene with fliers.

No luck.

"We've had no leads at all from fliers and other things we've had up," Dan Marlowe said.

Police haven't ruled anything out, but believe Monique Marlowe's death was likely the result of a random robbery attempt gone wrong. Dan Marlowe said that, even if the billboard doesn't help bring in the golden tip, the family will keep trying.

Monique Marlowe was an only child.

"We're just trying to keep the news out there," her father said. "Maybe someone will talk. We sure hope they will."