JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Friends and colleagues speak out about a JPSO sergeant, shot to death in her truck this week. Tracey Marshall is described as "one of the good guys", as investigators continue to search for clues about who killed her outside her home.
People who worked with 47-year-old Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. Tracey Marshall can't speak highly enough of her positive personality and hard work ethic.
"She was sweet, she was a sweet girl, she really was, very sweet," Kendra Pierre said.
"She was truly one of those people who was a joy to be around," said Gretna Police Capt. Gerald Lacour.
"She had an infectious smile, just always smiling, just a very happy person, always," colleague Melissa Perry said.
The 10-year JPSO veteran was found dead Monday inside her pick-up truck on Ashley Drive in Terrytown. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots Sunday night, but it wasn't until a passerby spotted Marshall's truck, with her hair hanging out of the window, that deputies discovered her body.
Marshall started working at the Jefferson Parish Courthouse earlier this year. She replaced a former bailiff supervisor who died suddenly around this time last year. Both deaths within a one year period are deeply affecting employees at the courthouse.
"Everybody's in shock. She was such a nice person. Why did something like this happen?" Cathy Riddle asked.
Co-workers say Marshall made lasting impressions on many, including the people she worked with at the parish's correctional center before transferring to the courthouse. Many posted memorials on Facebook. The people who knew her can't understand why she was killed.
"I really don't know. I wish we had answers," Melissa Perry said.
Investigators still haven't named a suspect or given a motive for the crime. Regardless of why she was killed, her colleagues call the tragedy senseless.
A JPSO deputy is still stationed outside Marshall's home where her body was discovered. Neighbors there say they're hoping the sheriff's office makes a quick arrest because they feel very uneasy knowing a gunman in the loose.