Danielle Marshall and daughter Ava
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Danielle Marshall was murdered one year ago her death received very little if no media attention. It was the kind of story that normally would make headlines. She was found dead in her home, leaving her 8-month old daughter unattended.
One year later, Powder Springs Police and the Cobb County District Attorney's Office are trying to give her case the notoriety it didn't get when it happened. That's because they still haven't made an arrest.
"We're requesting the help of the public," said Powder Springs Police Chief Charlie Sewell. "We're trying to get any information that we can to bring the perpetrator in this case to justice."
To bring the point home, the victim's mother spoke at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. "Danielle was my only daughter and we were very close," Gloria Marshall said. "She was full of life and enjoyed being a mother."
She said her 23 year old daughter had just gone back to school at Chattahoochee Tech because she wanted to become a nurse and make a better life for her daughter Ava.
On January 13, 2013, Powder Springs Police were called to Gloria Marshall's home on Palomino Drive, where she lived with her daughter and her granddaughter. No one answered the door when police knocked but they could hear a baby crying inside.
A police officer went around back and found a door open. He followed the baby's cries and found 8-month old Ava crawling in a hallway. He then found her mother Danielle lying dead on the kitchen floor. "It just isn't right," Gloria Marshall said. "There's no one that had the right to take my daughter's life."
One year later, police are still holding onto key pieces of evidence to protect the investigation. They won't say how Danielle Marshall was killed, only that it may have been someone she knew. "At this point in time it's currently active so we can't say for sure but," said Maj. Matt Boyd. "We believe it wasn't random."
Gloria Marshall says it was too hard to keep living in the home where her daughter was murdered. She's hopeful her daughter's killer is suffering as much as she is. "I know this person cannot be walking around living, knowing what they did," she said. "I just hope every day that when they close their eyes and try to go to sleep, it plays over and over in their head."
Police are confident that someone can help them make an arrest and asking for tips to be made to Crime Stoppers Atlanta. Their tip line is 404-577-TIPS (8477).
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